Yeats 2015 Festival launched

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The Yeats Day Committee has announced a superb programme of events celebrating

The Yeats Day Committee has announced a superb programme of events celebrating

the birthday of the Nobel Prize winning poet, William Butler Yeats on June 13 of this year.

The festival will take place in various venues throughout both Sligo town and county from Thursday, June 11 to Sunday, June 14.

The festival has been extended this year as one of the key events of Yeats 2015 - the 150th birthday of WB Yeats, as part of the official decade of commemoration.

Key events include the Poet Laureate event at IT Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena on Saturday June 13 at 8.30pm.

The Yeats Day Committee will welcome a host of poetry dignitaries including the Chair of Irish Poetry, Paula Meehan; Poet Laureate of England, Carol-Ann Duffy; the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke; the National Poet of Scotland, Liz Lochead; the London Laureate, Aisling Fahey and Northern Irish Poet, Sinead Morrissey. President Michael D Higgins, patron of Yeats 2015 will also be present.

Another key event will be the unveiling of ‘Clay and Wattles Made’ - the prestigious architectural competition run by IT Sligo.

The winning entry will create a temporary cabin on the Lake Isle of Innisfree for the summer months as a special tribute to the poet’s most well know poem, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’.

Yeats Day will celebrate the many aspects of William Butler Yeats and his family with a multi-disciplinary programme of events which includes visual art, pop up poetry, live art installations, candle-lit salons, drama, street performance, music, family events, the Lily Lolly Craft Fest and much more.

The programme of activities will take place in over 20 venues throughout Sligo town and county over a four day period. Other guests will include Edna O’ Brien, Eimear McBride, Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Keith Hopper, and Professor Meg Harper.

Speaking of this exciting festival, Chairperson of the Yeats Day Committee. Senator Susan O’ Keeffe said: “Sligo will be the central location in the world his year for the international celebration of WB Yeats’ birthday.

“The event will honour his great poetry and also offer activities for children and an opportunity to enjoy the Sligo Landscape.”