Creative Yeats

Creative Yeats National Secondary School Competition

The Access Schools Programme at St Angela’s College, in conjunction with Yeats 2015, is organising a competition for secondary school students, Creative Yeats.

The purpose of the Creative Yeats competition is:

  • To raise awareness among secondary school students and their communities of the poetry of WB Yeats
  • To promote access to, and enjoyment of the poetry of WB Yeats
    To enable students to understand the language and imagery used in the poetry and promote greater literacy skills
  • To encourage the students to use visual arts and literacy to express their reaction to and understanding of the poetry of WB Yeats
  • To further strengthen the relationship between second and third level and to support students as they progress towards third level

Competition winners will be announced Friday 22nd May.

This competition involves the following:
1. Students are invited to dramatise and visually record the poem in an original way (individual, small or large groups). They are encouraged to be creative with location or set, costumes, translations in other languages, etc.
2. Students are invited to create a visual power point presentation with an accompanying audio recording of the poem. Again, be creative with the imagery you choose to interpret the poem.


  • Junior Category (1st – 3rd Years) Poem ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’
  • Senior Category (Transition Year – Leaving Certificate) Poem; ‘Easter 1916’


  • Best Senior Category Entry €500
  • Best Junior Category Entry €250
  • A special award of a trip to the Abbey Theatre will be made to one group entry.
  • The winning entries, and other inspiring and creative entries will be showcased at the Yeats Nobel Dinner

Competition Entries:

Note: The applications or methods you use to carry out the recording are at your own discretion. However, as an example for option one, simply use a smartphone to record and upload or for option 2, use standard PC/Laptop with Microsoft PowerPoint. Both options would require internet connectivity and simply upload to the webtransfer website as listed below.

  • Go to
  • Upload your film (‘add files’ button)
  • Enter ‘’ into the ‘Friends Email’ box
  • In the message field, do not forget to enter your name, school and address and year
  • You will receive an email confirmation when your file has uploaded correctly!
  • Entries to reach us before 5p.m Thursday 30th April 2015

Recommendation for Judging Entries:

Key criteria for selecting entries from your school should be to focus on individuality, imagination and creative ideas, rather than technical artistic ability.

The winners will be announced Friday 22nd May.

Further Information

Carol Gallagher
Access Schools Co-ordinator

Download the Creative Yeats Competition Poster

Download the Creative Yeats Competition Details Document

Competition Launch

The launch of the ‘Creative Yeats’ national secondary school competition took place on Friday 13th February in St. Angela’s College Sligo. Dr. Anne Taheny (President, St. Angela’s College) officially launched the competition. Recitals of the Yeats poems featured in the national competition were delivered by Senator Susan O’ Keefe and Damien Brennan (President of the Yeats Society). One hundred and twenty secondary school students and their English teachers from some of the Access Schools Programme link schools; Colaiste Iascaigh, Ballinode College, Mercy College, St. Clare’s Comprehensive and Colaiste Iascaigh attended. There are also a class of students from a UK visiting school, Dame Alice Owen’s School from Hertfordshire who are interested in spreading the competition in the UK.

The Access Schools Programme is responsible for the inception of this innovative and creative national competition. Carol Gallagher, Access Schools Co-ordinator said “Creative Yeats invites secondary school students to be as creative and imaginative as possible. It allows the scope to work individually, in pairs, teams or as a large class., to be in costume, a strange location, through a different language, using imagery, etc. there are no limits to the creativity involved!

It is a student centred competition which encourages students to record themselves simply using a smartphone dramatizing the Yeas poem from their category.

Chair, Yeats 2015 Susan O’ Keeffe says “This is an innovative project, led by St Angela’s College, which responds to the interests second-level students have in new media and visual expression. We are delighted to support this project and to bring Yeats to a wider school audience. ”