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The 56th Yeats International Summer School: 26th July – 7th August 2015.

July 26, 2015 - August 7, 2015

The 56th Yeats International Summer School: 26th July – 7thAugust 2015.

The 2015 Yeats International Summer School will be one of the highlights of the national year of celebration announced by the Irish Government to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats.

Programme of Events at a glance

Sunday, 26 July 2.30pm Opening of the school at the Hawk’s Well Theatre followed by a tour of Yeats Country and Evensong at Drumcliffe Church.
Monday, 27 JulyLectures take place each morning at 9.30am and 11.15am in the Hawk’s Well Theatre.Margaret Mills Harper,

“The Rhythm of A Vision.”

Matthew Campbell,

“The Epiphanic Yeats.”

Seminars:·Anne Fogarty, “Gender and the Poetry of W. B. Yeats.”·Catherine Paul, “Yeats and Pound.”

·John Paul Riquelme, “Yeats in Dialogue.”

·Helen Vendler, “Middle Poems.”

·Eamonn Hughes, “Yeats Young and Old.”

·Drama Workshop takes place each afternoon.

Reading:Andrew FitzsimonsLaunch

‘A Vision’

Edited by Margaret Mills Harper

& Catherine Paul

Tuesday, 28 JulyJohn Paul Riquelme,“The Mask in Yeats and Other Wildean Thefts.”

Anne Fogarty,

‘The weasel’s twist, the weasel’s tooth’: Reading the Poetry of Eavan Boland and W. B. Yeats.”

Drama WorkshopSeminars.
Wednesday, 29 JulyNicholas Allen,“Yeats at Sea: An Offshore History of Irish Literature.”

Frank Shovlin,

“Deliberate Happiness: John McGahern and ‘Ego Dominus Tuus.’”

Students’ poetry reading (Yeats Building)“Everlasting Voices”Drama Workshop


Reading: Gallery Press Poets
Thursday, 30 JulyEamonn Hughes,“Yeats: Young and Old.”

Hannah Sullivan,

“How Yeats Learned to Scan.”

Drama WorkshopSeminars. Reading:Medbh McGuckian
Friday, 31 JulyCatherine Paul,“Yeats and the Problem of Belief.” Lunchtime Reading:Hannah SullivanDrama Workshop


Reading:Eavan Boland
Saturday, 1 AugustPoetry workshop:Eavan Boland All Day optional tour to Thoor Ballylee / Coole Park.
Sunday, 2 AugustPoetry workshop:Eavan Boland
Monday, 3 AugustDenis Donoghue,“Easter 1916.”

Vincent Sherry,

“A Politics of Decadence.”

Week two Seminars:·Helen VendlerMiddle Poems

·Joseph Valente,

“Mad Yeats.”

·Alexandra Poulain,

“Calvary and Resurrection.”

·Marjorie Howes,

Yeats, Politics, and History

Drama workshop with Sam McCreadytakes place each afternoon.

Reading:Fanny Howe
Tuesday, 4 AugustMarjorie Howes,“Material Yeats.”

David Lloyd,

“The Poetics of Decision: Yeats, Benjamin and Schmitt”

Lunchtime Reading:Bernard O’DonoghueDrama Workshop


Afternoon Talk

Youngmin Kim

‘Yeats and Asia’

Wednesday, 5 AugustWarwick Gould,“Satan, Smut and Co’.: Yeats and the suppression of ‘Evil Literature’ in the early years of the Irish Free State.”

Former directors’ roundtable:

·Jonathan Allison,

·Patrick Crotty,

·Elizabeth Cullingford (video), Denis Donoghue,

·Barbara Hardy (video),

·John Kelly,

·Declan Kiberd (video), Bernard O’Donoghue,

·James Pethica,

·Ronald Schuchard,

·Helen Vendler

Drama WorkshopSeminars.
Thursday, 6 AugustJames Pethica,“‘That I might rid myself of a contamination’: The Genesis of The Unicorn from the Stars.”

Alexandra Poulain,

“Unseen forms of Violence: Synge, Yeats, and Passion.”

Lunchtime tour of Lissadell.Drama WorkshopSeminars. Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company presents “The Second Coming.”
Friday, 7 AugustJoseph Valente,“Yeats, Aging and Disability.” Drama WorkshopSeminars. Drama Workshop Production of Calvary in the Hawk’s Well Theatre directed by Sam McCready

Roundtable of former Summer School Directors:

A special feature of the 2015 school will be a roundtable of former directors, including;

Lectures / Seminars:

Each weekday morning lectures take place at 9.30am and 11.15am. The distinguished roster of lecturers includes

Seminars take place each afternoon and cover a range of specific topics.


Registration takes place at the Yeats Memorial Building, Douglas Hyde Bridge, on Sunday 26th July. The official opening may place at the Hawkswell theatre during the afternoon. A scenic tour of Yeats country concludes with Evensong at Drumcliffe Church, where Yeats is buried, “Under Bare Benbulben’s Head.This may be followed by a buffet reception.

Daily Program

9:30 Lecture 1 Hawk’s Well Theatre
11:15 Lecture 2 Hawk’s Well Theatre
1:15 Lunchtime Events Methodist Church, Wine Street
4:30 Seminars Yeats Memorial Building
8:00 Evening Events Methodist Church, Wine Street
  • Each weekday morning there may be lectures at 9.30am and 11.15am in the Hawkswell Theatre, with coffee and tea available between the lectures.
  • Afternoons are free for impromptu discussion sessions, for study in the Yeats Society Library, or for exploring Sligo and the surrounding landscape, which includes places such as Knocknarea, Ben Bulben, Rosses Point, Strandhill and many other delightful locations, offering great hiking, spectacular beaches, world-class golf courses, exhilirating surfing and excellent pubs.
  • The week-long seminars, in groups comprising up to 15 students, meet daily from 4.30p.m. to 6.00p.m.
  • The basic texts are Collected Poems and Collected Plays.
  • Lunchtime and evening events take place in the Methodist Church, Wine Street unless otherwise specified.
  • Time and venues of lunchtime and evening events are subject to change.
  • The drama workshop takes place each afternoon in the Methodist Church, Wine Street.


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July 26, 2015
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July 26, 2015
August 7, 2015
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The Yeats Society
Sligo, Ireland + Google Map