The Yeats Society and The Yeats International Summer School The Yeats Society and The Yeats International Summer School

Summer School Program 2014


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 Sinead Morrissey, Michael Longley, Donal Ryan, and Joan McCreedy .

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:

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.

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.


Sunday 27th July

2.30pm Hawks Well Theatre

Opening of Yeats International Summer School by Alan Gilsenan

5.30pm Evensong Drumcliffe Church

7.00pm Opening Banquet Sligo City Hotel

Monday 28th July

09.30 Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Margaret Mills Harper: Elemental Yeats

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre,

Matthew Campbell: Yeats, Sound, Space: ‘as though stress suffused itself like a drop of dye.’

Tuesday 29th July

09.30 Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Lucy McDiarmid: Easter 1916 and the Rebels’ Perspective

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Wim van Mierlo: Yeats’s Creative Impulses

8.00pm: Methodist Church, Wine Street.

Reading: Donal Ryan

Wednesday 30th July

09.30 Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Chip Tucker: Incantatory Yeats

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre,

Michael O’ Neill Yeats’s Endings

8.00pm. Methodist Church, Wine Street.

Gallery Press Poets Reading

Ciaran Carson, Ciaran Berry and Andrew Jamison.

Thursday 31st July

09.30 Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Richard Russell: Heaney’s Yeats

Francis O’Gorman: Yeats and the use of Disappointment

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

1.00pm Methodist Church, Wine Street.

The Mountain Ash in Connemara. Selected Poems by Joan McBreen featuring original music and arrangements by composer Glen Austin with the Contempo Quartet

8.00pm Methodist Church, Wine Street

John Kavanagh Poetry Reading

Friday 1st August

9.30am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Charles Armstrong

An ‘experiment in living’: Yeats’s Autobiographical Writings: Modernism and Bohemianism

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Q&A

8.00pm.Methodist Church, Wine Street.

Sinead Morrissey Poetry Reading

Saturday 2nd August

09.30am – 5.00pm Yeats Memorial Building.

Sinead Morrissey Poetry Workshop

All Day Excursion to Thoor Ballylee and Coole Park

Sunday 2nd August

09.30am – 1.00pm Yeats Memorial Building

Sinead Morrissey Poetry Workshop

Monday 4th August

9.30am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Patricia Coughlan: “Each drop/distinct and perfect”: Mourning and Reparation in Paula Meehan’s Painting Rain (2009)

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre

Edna Longley: “The rhythm of beauty”: Yeats, Joyce and the 1890’s.

8.00pm. Methodist Church, Wine Street.

Michael Longley Poetry reading.

Tuesday 5th August

9.30am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Maud Ellman: Yeats without Ireland

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

David Dwan: Yeats and the Philosophy of Symbolism

8.00pm. Methodist Church, Wine Street.

Moya Cannon Poetry Reading

Wednesday 6th August

9.30am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

John Harrington W.B. Yeats in America

11.15am Hawk's Well Theatre.

Joseph Hassett: John Butler Yeats and the defence of Joyce’s ‘terrible veracity naked and unashamed.’

1.00pm Methodist Church, Wine Street.

The Muse & Mister Yeats – TBC

8.00pm. Methodist Church, Wine Street.

John Wilkinson Poetry Reading

Thursday 7th August

9.30am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Daniel Karlin: Three on a tower: Tennyson, Browning, Yeats

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre,

Jody Allen Randolph Giving a tongue to the Sea Cliffs: The Maritime Inheritance of Yeats and Boland

1.00pm Methodist Church Wine Street

Everlasting Voices.

Friday 8th August

9.30am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Madeline Callaghan: Forms of Conflict: Byron’s Influence on Yeats.

11.15am Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Q & A

1.00pm Yeats Memorial Building.

Sligo Poets Poetry Reading

8.00pm Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Drama workshop Production of “The Dreaming of the Bones.”