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Yeats Day at Dalkey Book Festival

June 12, 2015 - July 13, 2015

Gabriel Byrne

12 June

Paul Murray talks Books and Yeats
The Heritage Centre, Castle Street, 6pm

Paul Murray, author of the brilliant Skippy Dies, will talk about his forthcoming novel.

And, given it is the eve of the 150th anniversary of his birth, Paul will talk to Sophie Gorman about WB Yeats who featured in his first book, An Evening of Long Goodbyes.

13 June

150 Years on, Why does Yeats still resonate?

The Town Hall, Castle Street, 12noon

In 2015, why do Yeats’ words still resonate so effortlessly? Why does this complex, tortured, flamboyantly gifted poet of the 20th century endure? What made him so significant? Why does reading his poetry still bring a mesmeric hush to even the most raucous room?

Join the Poet Laureate of Dalkey, Gary Jermyn; Abbey Theatre Director, Fiach Mac Conghail; Artistic Director of the Ark, Aideen Howard; illustrator of the Yeats in Love collection, Annie West, and writer and Horslips frontman Barry Devlin as we explore Yeats, the man, the work and the legacy.

Fintan O’Toole talks Yeats (with Nick Dunning & Lise-Ann McLaughlin)
The Town Hall, Castle Street, 2pm

How I Learned to Love What I Do Not Like.

Award-winning author and Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole candidly describes how his appreciation of Yeats’ work has grown over the years. From his earliest encounters with Yeats in the Leaving Cert, right through his adult life, Fintan chonicles his changing relationship with Ireland’s preeminant poet. If Fintan O’ Toole didn’t get him at first, there’s hope for all of us!

Celebrated stage and screen actors, Nick Dunning and Lise-Ann McLaughlin, will join Fintan on the Dalkey stage to bring some of Yeats’ most memorable poems to life.

Diarmaid Ferriter & Yeats with readings from Eamon Morrissey
The Town Hall, Castle Street, 4pm

Historian, writer and Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ferriter examines Yeats’ often ambiguous feelings towards the Irish revolutionary period.

Ferriter is the most prolific historian of our times and has published numerous critically-acclaimed books on 20th Century Ireland, including his most recent A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution, 1913-23.

This illuminating talk will also feature award-winning actor Eamon Morrissey reading a selection of Yeats’ poetry from a period that saw Ireland “Changed Utterly.”

Gabriel Byrne (in conversation with Caroline Erskine)
The Town Hall, Castle Street, 7pm

Gabriel Byrne on his Life, Career and Yeats .

The Dalkey Book Festival is delighted to have one of Ireland’s most celebrated actors, Gabriel Byrne, rounding off its Yeats Day celebration in style.

Star of numerous Hollywood classics including Miller’s Crossing and The Usual Suspects, Byrne received a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Dr. Paul Weston in HBO’s In Treatment and a Tony nomination for his performance in Moon For The Misbegotten.

A lover of the arts, Byrne has recited Yeats’ poetry for numerous recordings and events. Former RTE broadcaster Caroline Erskine will explore Gabriel’s life, his career and why he reserves a special place for Yeats in Ireland’s literary pantheon. This is going to be a very special event on a special anniversary; don’t miss it!

More information about the events at dalkeybookfestival.org


June 12, 2015
July 13, 2015
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