The Bedford Park Society is delighted to announce that the Irish Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall, will give the 2015 Betjeman lecture on ‘The Yeats Family of Bedford Park’.
Daniel Mulhall has maintained a lifelong interest in Irish history and literature, with a special enthusiasm for the work of W.B.Yeats. During this year, the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B.Yeats, he has been speaking frequently about Yeats and tweeting a daily quote from his poems. He has been Ireland’s Ambassador in London since 2013.
The Yeats family which lived for many years in Bedford Park were perhaps the most talented Irish family ever to live in Britain. They were also probably the most distinguished family to live in Bedford Park, living successively at 8 Woodstock Road and 3 Blenheim Road where there is a Bedford Park Society plaque.
The poet W.B.Yeats met Maude Gonne, the love of his life, in Bedford Park and wrote ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ while living there. His brother Jack Yeats was one of Ireland’s most distinguished painters. Of his sisters Lily worked in the embroidery shop of May Morris (daughter of William) and Lollie founded the Cuala press.
The lecture will take place on the evening of November 30, 2015 in the fine Andrew Lloyd Webber theatre of the Arts Educational Schools.
The doors and bar will open at 7.00. The lecture will be at 8.15.
Tickets, price £10 will be sold in advance by Zecca, 88 Turnham Green Terrace W4 1QN with any remaining tickets available at the venue on the night. Payment in cash or by cheque to the Bedford Park Society.
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