Student Testimonies from the 2013 Yeats International Summer School
Patron: Caitriona Yeats
Director: Meg Harper
Associate Director: Matthew Campbell
The Yeats Society of Sligo welcomes all to the 55th Annual Yeats International Summer School, 27th July – 8th August 2014. Margaret Mills Harper and Matthew Campbell are the Director and Assistant Director. The distinguished roster of lecturers includes Maud Ellmann, Edna Longley, Lucy McDiarmid, Francis O'Gorman, Daniel Karlin, Patricia Coughlan, David Dwan, and Herbert Tucker. Sam McCready will lead the drama workshop, and Sinéad Morrissey will conduct the poetry workshop. Special events will include readings by Michael Longley, Donal Ryan, and John Kavanagh.
The longest running summer school in Ireland presents its unique blend of learning, art, and fun, in beautiful Yeats Country. In conjunction with the Tread Softly Arts Festival, Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, the Riverstown Music Festival, and other arts events, the town of Sligo invites all to discover the power of the imagination through the work of Ireland’s preeminent poet.
Registration takes place at the Yeats Memorial Building, Douglas Hyde Bridge, on Sunday 27th 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.
|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.