Summer School Programme 2017


The 58th Yeats International Summer School: July 20th-29th 2017


Caitriona Yeats


Director Geraldine Higgins (Maynooth University) and Associate Director Ronan McDonald (University of New South Wales).


Nicholas Allen, University of Georgia, Athens

Terence Brown, Trinity College Dublin

Claire Connolly, University College Cork

Rob Doggett, SUNY, Geneseo

Nicholas Grene, Trinity College Dublin

Joseph Hassett, Washington D.C. Lawyer and literary scholar

Rosie Lavan, Trinity College Dublin

Joep Leersen, University of Amsterdam

Laura Marcus, University of Oxford

Jill Wharton, University of Notre Dame


Registration takes place at the Yeats Memorial Building, Douglas Hyde Bridge, on Thursday 20th July from 2:30-4:30 pm. The official opening at 5 pm in the Hawk’s Well Theatre will be followed by a reception and dinner at 7 pm.

On Sunday 23rd July, after a tour of Yeats country, we will attend Evensong (5 pm) at Drumcliff church where Yeats is buried.

Daily Programme
9:30am Lecture 1 Hawk's Well Theatre
11:15am Lecture 2 Hawk's Well Theatre
1:15pm Lunchtime Events Methodist Church, Wine Street
2:30pm–4:00pm Seminars Yeats Memorial Building
8:00pm Evening Events

Methodist Church, Wine Street

Programme of Events at a glance

Thursday, 20 July

5 pm Opening of the school.

7 pm Reception and Dinner

Friday, 21 July

Geraldine Higgins

“Things Fall Apart”

Ronan McDonald

“Nationalism versus Cosmopolitanism”

Lectures take place each morning at 9.30am and 11.15am in the Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Afternoon: Boat trip to Innisfree

Evening: Reading by Colette Bryce

Saturday, 22 July

Colette Bryce

9:30-4:00 Poetry Workshop

Tour 1: Thoor Ballylee and Coole Park

Sunday, 23 July

Colette Bryce

9:30-1:00 Poetry Workshop

Tour 2: Glencar and Ben Bulben

Evensong: Drumcliff Church

Monday, 24 July

Nicholas Grene

“Knocking Yeats: Five Types of Begrudgery”

Rosie Lavan

“Revival Legacies: Yeats and the Dolmen Press”

Evening: Reading by Colm Tóibín

Tuesday, 25 July

Laura Marcus

“Yeats and the Subject of Rhythm”

Rob Doggett

“Yeats, Sligo, and the Tourist Mode”

Lunchtime: Reading by Joan McBreen

Evening: Joan McBreen Launch

Wednesday, 26 July

Claire Connolly

“Yeats and the Novel”

Joep Leerson

“Yeats and the Hunger Strike”

Lunchtime: Curlew Theatre presents History! Reading the Easter Rising

Evening: Seisún at the Glasshouse

Thursday, 27 July

Terence Brown

“Yeats as Love Poet”

Nicholas Allen

“Jack Yeats and the West of Ireland”

Lunchtime: Open Mic

Evening: Christine Tobin Concert (Co-production with Sligo Jazz festival)

Friday 28, July

Joseph Hassett

Why Robert Graves hosted a lunch ‘in honour of demise of Yeats’”

Jill Wharton

“Yeats and Plantation Modernism”

Evening: Blue Raincoat play

Saturday 29 July


  • The week-long seminars, in groups comprising up to 15 students, meet daily from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. Please make your seminar request at time of booking.


Ronan McDonald

Nicholas Grene

Rosie Lavan

Rob Doggett

“Yeats’s Poems about Poetry”

“The Middle Yeats”

“Yeats, Heaney & modern Irish poetry”

"The Early Yeats"

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