Yeats International Summer School

An engaging event that integrates an academic programme of lectures and seminars with poetry readings and cultural events.

To my father, Sligo was home. Sligo was his initial literary inspiration, and the real importance of the Summer School has been to intermingle its academic activities with the haunting beauty of the Sligo countryside. Only in the ‘Yeats Country’ could such a venture have been considered.

Michael Yeats August 1990

Yeats International Summer School 2020

Directors Lauren Arrington and Charles Armstrong will present an intriguing programme that follows in the fine Summer School tradition of offering a unique learning experience through the sharing of ideas and opinions, during both the formal and informal events of the programme.

Highlights from the 2019 Summer School

Salute to Seamus

A Sligo celebration of Seamus Heaney, great friend of the Yeats Society over many years. The event was hosted by RTE’s Tommie Gorman and included music, memories and readings by poet, and friend to Seamus, Bernard O’Donoghue.

Eiléan Ní Chulleanáin

The Irish poet, academic. and current Ireland Professor of Poetry will read from her great collection of work.

The Yeats Salon

An exchange of ideas and opinions in true Yeatsian style – on the subject of the impact of social media on culture. The Salon was chaired by Yeatsian and Ireland ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall.

Muldoon’s Picnic

A cabaret style poetry music event led by Pultizer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon who also a lecturer at the Summer School. Muldoon was joined by his house band Rogue Oliphant and guests included poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and musician Duke Special.

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