Summer School Programme 2018

The 59th Yeats International Summer School: July 19th-27th 2018


Caitriona Yeats


Directors Professor MatthewCampbell (University of York) and Dr Lauren Arrington (University of Liverpool)

Full list of lecturers and readers here..


Registration takes place at the Yeats Memorial Building, Douglas Hyde Bridge, on Thursday 19th July from 2:30-4:30 pm. The official opening of the Summer School will take place at 5pm.

Programme of Events at a glance (more events will be added)

Thursday July 19

Opening address

Fintan O’Toole (Irish Times, Princeton University)

Friday July 20

Lecture: Director Lauren Arrington
‘Singing School’: the ballad and the 'natural man’

Lecture: Director Matthew Campbell
‘Authentic Dross’: Poetry and Song in Mangan, Moore and (Jack) Yeats

Saturday, July 21

Tour 1: TBA

Post-tour Reading Mike McCormack

Sunday, July 22

Poetry workshop: Leontia Flynn

Tour 2: TBA

Evensong, Drumcliffe Church

Post-tour Reading Leontia Flynn

Monday, July 23

Lecture: Jahan Ramazani ‘Yeats’s Asias’

Lecture: Cóilín Parsons
‘Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths’: Yeats’s Planetary Imagination

Tuesday, July 24

Lecture: Charles Armstrong ‘The abounding glittering jet’: Yeats, the Romantics and natura naturans

Lecture: Katherine Ebury ‘Science, The Occult and Irish Drama’: Ghostly Light in Yeats and Beckett

Wednesday, July 25

Lecture: Kelly Sullivan
‘Yeats’s Birds’: Taming Wild Ecology

Lecture: Justin Quinn
‘WBY and End of the World’

Thursday, July 26

Lecture: Fran Brearton ‘Trees Suffering’: Yeats's Arcadian Recourses

Lecture: Peter McDonald
‘Early Yeats’s Lake Isles’

Poet-Critics’ Roundtable
Speakers TBC.

Friday, July 27

Lecture: Claire Lynch 'Not for publication now, if ever': Yeats and the Ethics of Autobiography

Lecture: Hugh Haughton The Poet in the Gallery: Yeats and Auden

Saturday, July 28



The week-long seminars meet daily in groups comprising up to 15 students.
Further information about booking and selection to be announced.

Seminar leaders confirmed so far:



Charles Armstrong

Hugh Haughton

Justin Quinn

Kelly Sullivan





Poetry Workshop

We are now taking bookings for the annual Summer School Poetry Workshop. This year, it is hosted by the wonderful, award-winning poet, Leontia Flynn.
Price is €115. Places on the poetry workshop are limited to 15 students on a first-come, first-serve basis, so book now.

For more information Contact the Yeats Society