Luton Irish Forum is proud to deliver a fascinating evening of Irish history with high profile speaker Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Embassy of Ireland.
2015 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Irish poet W.B. Yeats (1865-1939). The Ambassador will mark the occasion by speaking about Yeats’s literary achievement, and in particular about the evolution of his work from the melodic lyrics of the 1880s and 1890s, for which Yeats is widely renowned, to the great modern poems he wrote during the last 20 years of his life. Mr Mulhall will also reflect on Yeats’s role as an interpreter of the Ireland of his time and as a powerful cultural link between Britain and Ireland today. On the evening there will be a multimedia display of works inspired by Yeats from Cardinal Newman School and local community members.
Tom Scanlon, Chair of Luton Irish Forum said ‘We are honoured and delighted that the Irish Ambassador to Britain Mr Dan Mulhall as agreed to commemorate with us the life and works of this great poet and scholar at the Luton Irish Forum. There will be considerable local involvement on the night please book early to ensure a seat.’
‘Yeats seems to me to be an ideal Irish writer for us to pay tribute to … he spent his life travelling back and forth between Ireland and Britain, spending considerable time in Dublin, London and the west of Ireland, especially Sligo and Galway. Yeats is also the Irish writer with the broadest fan base in Britain, at least if this can be judged by the number of his works that feature on lists of this country’s favourite poems… No other major Irish writer had such a prolonged, intensive engagement with the Ireland of his time… As I see him, Yeats is a great interrogator and interpreter of the Ireland in which he lived,’ – Irish Ambassador Mulhall
For Yeats2015 Ambassador Mulhall will be tweeting a line of Yeats poetry every day. Follow him @danmulhall
Image Caption: Ambassador Dan Mulhall