Summer School Programme 2017


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


Caitriona Yeats


Director Nicholas Grene 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

Anthony Roche, University 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 (5pm) 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

5pm Opening of the school w/ Paula Meehan (Poet & Playwright).

7pm Reception and Dinner

Friday, 21 July

Nicholas Grene

Knocking Yeats: Five Types of Begrudgery

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 8pm by Paula Meehan in Sligo Methodist Church

Saturday, 22 July

Paula Meehan

9:30-4:00 Poetry Workshop

Tour 1: Thoor Ballylee and Coole Park

Sunday, 23 July

Paula Meehan

9:30-1:00 Poetry Workshop

Tour 2: Glencar and Ben Bulben

5.00pm Evensong: Drumcliff Church

6:30pm Civic Reception at The Mayors Parlour, Sligo City Hall

8:00pm 'An evening recital of music, song and dance from Sligo and Ontario, Canada from Manus Mc Guire and Emily Flack'

Monday, 24 July

Anthony Roche

Yeats and Chekhov

Rosie Lavan

“Revival Legacies: Yeats and the Dolmen Press”

8.00pm Reading by Colm Tóibín in Sligo Methodist Church

Tuesday, 25 July

Laura Marcus

“Yeats and the Subject of Rhythm”

Rob Doggett

“Yeats, Sligo, and the Tourist Mode”

Lunchtime: 1:15 pm

A Reading of poetry from Joan Mc Breen's new collection 'Map and Atlas'. The poems will be interspersed with musical selections from harpist Niamh Mc Gloin and the 'Fiddler of Dooney 2016', Jason Mc Guinness.

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: 8:00pm Blue Raincoat Present 'The Cat and the Moon' by W.B. Yeats

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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