Friday 4 December 2015
Celebrating 150 Years of W.B. Yeats
To end the celebrations of Yeats2015 with a flourish the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies is honoured to host a major and multifarious Yeats event in Leuven with music, recitals, a talk by Meg Harper, Chair of the International Yeats Society, and the book launch of Yeats Reborn, the result of a Europe-wide translation project, involving twenty languages. Speakers and singers from Limerick and Sligo, Belgium, the Netherlands and Russia will present their view on the great national poet in an original way. This is followed by a festive reception.
VENUE: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe (aka the Irish College), Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven
- Welcome by H.E. Mr Eamonn MacAodha, Irish Ambassador to Belgium
- LCIS Lecture series: Prof. dr Meg Harper (University of Limerick, Chair of the International Yeats Society):
“The Widening Gyre: Yeats’s Expansive Vision”
Intercultural elements of Yeats’s beliefs and unbeliefs, concepts, images and language, focusing on Japan and India in particular and on his late poems and plays.
- Show: “Words from the Land of Heart’s Desire”: a lively programme condensing fragments of Yeats’s drama, poetry and prose with music, by Anne-Marie Delmotte assisted by Clare O’Gara (Sligo)
- Book Launch of Yeats Reborn, the result of a Europe-wide translation project, published by Peeters, Leuven
and Terrible Beauty – Barre schoonheid: Het Utrechts Dichtersgilde ontmoet W.B. Yeats, Uitgeverij Ijzer, 2015.
- Presentation of the new EFACIS website Yeats Reborn by Sien Deltour, EFACIS coordinator
- Recital of Yeats poems to Celtic harp by Anastasiya Sergeeva (harp) and Andrey Mashinyan (University of St Petersburg)
- Closing words by senator Susan O’Keeffe (Dublin/Sligo)
22.00: Reception, offered by the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies. During the reception you are kindly invited to visit the Exhibition on W.B. Yeats’s Life and Work on loan from the National Library, with the support of the Embassy of Ireland in Belgium.