The highlight of the Yeats2015 calendar: Yeats Day will be celebrated across Sligo this June, which will be 150 years since the poet’s birth on June 13th in 1865.
Yeats Day will be marked by a four day celebration.
See below a sample of the events taking place across County Sligo from June 11-14.
Eimear McBride, Hawk’s Well Theatre
Thursday June 11, 5.30pm
Eimear McBride’s debut novel, A Girl is a Half- formed Thing won the coveted Goldsmiths Prize in 2013 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2014. Join us for an intimate conversation with Eithne Hand.
The Nobel Dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo will launch this year’s special Sligo Yeats Day celebrations, marking the 150th birthday of Nobel poet, W.B. Yeats on June 13th 1865.
The Nobel dinner will incorporate a literary and musical experience to savour. Guest of honour at the dinner will be Edna O’Brien, ‘Grande Dame’ of Irish literature.
The Nobel Dinner is organised by Yeats Day in collaboration with St Angela’s College. It is being sponsored by The Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo.
Tickets €45 available from Radisson Blu Hotel 0719140008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs June 11 to Sunday June 14, 10 am to 6pm
Sat June 13th Tour at 2pm
The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres. Built in 1862 as a Model School, this award-winning building is home to the impressive Niland Collection of art, one of the most notable collections in Ireland and featuring works by John and Jack B. Yeats, Estella Solomons, Paul Henry and Louis Le LeBrocquy among others.
More at themodel.ie
The Hawks Well Poetry Competitions
Children’s Poet of the Year Competition
Children are invited to write a 5 line poem. This year’s title is The Crazed Girl.
iYeats Poetry Competition
See www.hawkswell.com for details
Druid Shakespeare, Hawk’s Well Theatre
Friday June 12, 8pm
Daniel Mulhall – “WB Yeats and the Ireland of his time.”
Pollexfen House, Fri June 12, 2pm
Dr. Colette Kavanagh – “Yeats and Women”
Pollexfen House, Fri June 12 6pm
Sligo Abbey, Abbey St.
Fri June 12, 7.30pm
Join No Crows musicians Anna Houston, Edie Lee, Felip Carbonell, and Ray Coen will mark the dusk of Yeats Day in the beautiful 13th century Dominican Friary, Sligo Abbey.
More about Pollexfen House and Yeats from Sligo Tourism here
GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin, Friday 12 June, 12noon
An Post unveils its special commemorative Yeats stamp.
Lily, Lolly Craft Fest Opening
Yeats Memorial Building
Fri, June 12, 5pm
Prize giving for Primary Colours, St. Angela’s College Lily Yeats Embroidery and Sligo Arts Service Open Call Student Print
For more details visit the Lilylolly facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CraftfestNorthwest
No Crows @ The Abbey
Fri, June 12, 7.30pm
More about No Crows at http://nocrows.net/gigs/
Psychic Lighthouse, The Model
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of WB Yeats, The Model is delighted to present Psychic Lighthouse, an exhibition that takes his interest in the practice of magic and the quest for enlightenment as it’s point of departure. Psychic Lighthouse features the work of a number of Irish and international contemporary artists, who investigate ritual, spiritualism and occult practices – to question the boundary between the metaphysical and material worlds.
Opening Friday 12 June, 9pm. Exhibition continues Tuesday to Sunday until 30th August
More from The Model website
Candlelit Salon, The Model
The Model is delighted to host a magical evening of music and conversation with renowned guests, including Prof Margaret Mills Harper, Mark Patrick Hederman, Susan Hiller, & Vincent Woods, with music and song performed by Emer Mayock and Mary McPartlan.
The evening harks back to the ‘salons’ of the late Victorian age, which focused on conversation and conviviality. The Salon will bring together a number of distinguished guests to discuss ideas stemming from the core concerns of WB Yeats’s life and work – literature, politics and esotericism.
Fri, June 12, 9 pm
Tickets €15/€12 www.themodel.ie / 071 – 9141405
Yeats family inspired exhibition opening
Friday 12th June 5pm – Hyde Bridge Gallery
‘The light and the half light’
Friday 12th, Nazareth Care Village
‘The light and the half light’ is an exhibition based on WB Yeat’s poem ‘Cloths of Heaven’ by textile artists Bernie Gallagher and Theresa Kelly
Friday 5th – 30th June, Teach Ban Gallery, Drumcliffe
A mixed media textile exhibition by “Textile Collective” a group of creative textile artists & designers
Exhibition continues until 30th June
Breakfast on Lough Gill
A boat trip across Lough Gill to the Lake Isle of Inisfree casts off Yeats Day with music, poetry and breakfast on board.
Sat June 13, 8am
Departure Point Doorly Park Pier
Booking is essential. Email email@example.com Tel: 087 2598869
Dawn to Dusk Yeats, OSD Building
Sligo Drama Circle’s marathon reading of Yeats poetry
Sat, June 13, 8 am to 8pm
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Poetry Train, Dublin to Sligo
Sat June 13, 11am
Train departs Dublin Connolly at 11am
The Poetry Train will leave Connolly Station in Dublin for Sligo at 11am on Yeats Day. Passengers will be able to enjoy some of the poet’s finest work on their journey.
More info from www.yeatsday.com
The Living Statue
WB Yeats Memorial Statue, Stephen St.
Sat June 13, 11.30am
Opening Sat June 13, 1pm, The Hamilton Gallery
In 2014, Hamilton Gallery approached over 100 of Ireland’s leading and emerging contemporary artists with an invitation to create a 20 X 20 cm canvas inspired by the work of the poet WB Yeats and his work.
Accordingly Impressions and Portraits of W.B. Yeats exhibition is a prescient comprehensive artistic response to the work of one of our literary giants in the 75 years since his death.
Exhibition runs until Aug 27th
Entwined Memories exhibition at the Model
Sat June 13, 12noon
Children from Eily Kilgannon School of Drama and Anne Carton Creche perform Yeats’ poetry at the County Library’s garden stage. Includes a performance of Yeats’ The Cat and the Moon
WB Yeats in The Land of Heart’s Desire
Sat June 13, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Yeats All Day, Hargadon’s Bar
A special reading of Yeats’ poetry is happening on almost every day this year* in one of Sligo’s oldest pubs; Hargadon Bros and everyone is welcome to take part. For Yeats Day, poetry readings will take place all day.
Sat June 13, 12noon to midnight
More about Yeats at One and how to get involved.
Happy Birthday Mr. Yeats
Sat, June 13, 2pm to 7pm
Saturday, June 13, 4pm
Feis Yeats Cup winners and local poets gather to read poetry, at Yeats’ grave, Drumcliffe. Poetry Ireland will present the prize to the winning Yeats Day poet.
Solicitors Callan Tansey, announce the winner of the Yeats’ Day Essay Competition at Drumcliffe, with journalist John Waters followed by tea at the Drumcliffe Tea House.
Bloom in the Park
Saturday, June 13, The Model
Sat June 13, 8.30pm
This event features Chair of Irish Poetry, Paula Meehan; Poet Laureate of England, Carol Ann Duffy; the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke; the National Poet of Scotland, Liz Lochead; the London Laureate, Aisling Fahey and Northern Irish Poet , Sinead Morrissey in the presence of President Michael D. Higgin’s, patron of Yeats 2015.
More info and how to book tickets here.
Yeats Day Talks, Pollexfen House
Pollexfen House, Sat June 13
Prof Margaret Mills Harper – “Yeats and the power of the imagination”
Dr. Keith Hopper – “A Sense of Place: W.B. Yeats and ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’”
Sat 13 June – Wed 29 July, The Hawk’s Well Theatre
Mary Plunkett is a printmaker who specialises in letterpress and lino cut printing and has a particular interest in book arts. For this exhibition she will be creating books and prints based on the writings of W. B. Yeats and in the letterpress printing tradition of Elizabeth Yeats and the Cuala press.
- Unveiling of the Poetry Plaque with poem On a Political Prisoner
- Yeats Dawn Cycle Race -Wild Atlantic Wheels.
- Yeats’ Muses by the Curlew Theatre Company
- Poetry recitations and writers literary talks.
- Traditional Sean Nos singers from Clare Island.
- Football exhibition matches.
- Music by a variety of different artists.
- Woodland poetry walk.
- Poetry and Art competitions.
Opening June 12th at 5pm, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Society Building
Hyde Bridge Gallery, Second Floor Gallery, Yeats Society Building – Opening June 12th at 5pm
Yeats Memorial Building
Sun June 14, 2pm
The Model Family Day
Sunday June 14, 1 to 3pm
The Model is holding a very special Yeatsian themed Family Day in association with Yeats Day, the LilyLolly Craftfest and Só Sligo.
Sun June 14, 3pm
Join Hazelwood Heritage Society for a guided walk with stories and Yeats’ poetry. Meet at Hazelwood Car Park.
Yeats Day Concert
Sun June 14, 6pm, The Model
Sun June 14, 3pm
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sun June 14, 8pm
A celebration of W.B. Yeats’ strong ties with Sligo, this show marries music and verse as we journey around the Sligo of Yeats’s poetry.
Through a combination of spoken word, song by Séamus Begley, traditional music of Sligo performed by Téada, sean-nós and contemporary dance, and evocative landscape photography we find ourselves immersed in the extraordinary work of Yeats and spellbound by a wonderful combination of rhythm and rhyme.
Tickets: €25/€20/€12.50 U18’s
More information at www.hawkswell.com
Saturday 13th June – 29th Aug 29th – opening at 1pm, Hamilton Gallery
Tuesday 2nd June – 29th July, Hamilton Gallery OFFSITE – Hawks Well Theatre
Mary Plunkett printmaker, who will create books and prints based on the writings of WB Yeats, in the letterpress printing tradition of Elizabeth Yeats and the Cuala press
Sharing thoughts with Elizabeth Yeats
Saturday 13th June – 8th July, Hamilton Gallery OFFSITE – Factory Performance Space
Sharing thoughts with Elizabeth Yeats by Grainne Cuffe and Bettina Seitz.
Further information on Yeats Day Sligo Events at Yeats2015
More from Yeats Day from the YeatsDay website