Yeats International Summer School

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

Yeats International Summer School 2020

With heavy hearts, we at Yeats Society Sligo have decided to cancel the 61st Yeats International Summer School, due to commence on July 30th 2020.

Putting public safety first is the priority and the board of the Society, along with the committee of the Summer School, have agreed, after careful consideration, that this is the best action. We commit to refunding those who have paid fees or deposits and we look forward to 2021 and to delivering a great school, led by our esteemed academic directors Professor Lauren Arrington and Professor Charles I Armstrong.

We look forward to your support in the future and hope you all keep well and safe.

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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

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Charles Armstrong

Co-Director of The Yeats International Summer School. He is the author of Reframing Yeats: Genre, Allusion and History (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Ronald Schuchard

Goodrich C. White Professor of English and Irish Studies, Emeritus, Emory University, is the author of The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

She is the author of five critically acclaimed books of poetry, exploring birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Her first prose book A Ghost in the Throat is published by Tramp Press.

Knocknarea Walk

A highlight of the Yeats Summer School, a walk to the top of Knocknarea, to Queen Medb’s Cairn overlooking Strandhill.

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