- 16 Jan 24
The Yeats Winter School's mix of lectures, readings and performances will be given by a host of academics, musician and writers.
The Yeats Winter School has released its jam packed programme of events for the 29th year of the festival which "offers an opportunity for reading, exploring and thinking about Yeats's poetry, plays and prose".
The 2024 iteration of the winter school is billed to take place from the 26th-28th of January and comprises of talks, readings, and musical performances.
Yeats Winter School centres around the Sligo Park hotel, where festival attendees can stay, dine and attend programmed events. A festival shuttle takes guests around 'Yeats Country' where festival goers can tread softly around the breathtaking sites of Sligo.
Kicking off The Yeats Winter school is the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, who opens the special weekend with a welcome and a reading.
Muldoon himself is a poet of enormous statue in literary circles himself, having published over 30 collections, won the T.S Eliot Poetry Prize, held the positions of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 to 2004, former president of the UK Poetry Society and former poetry editor at The New Yorker.
Other festival highlights include a lecture given by Hot Press' Bob Dylan expert in residence, Anne Maragret Daniel, who is aptly giving a lecture titled: 'Blowin' in the Wind Among the Reeds: Yeats and Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureates'. A perhaps unlikely but fascinating parallel between two Nobel Laureates almost 100 years apart.
Anne Margaret Daniel is is a writer and editor who teaches at the New School University in New York City and at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. Her essays on literature, music, books, and culture have appeared for the past 25 years in books, critical editions, magazines, and journals including The New York Times and Hot Press to name but a few.
Other special lectures include 'Yeats and the Nobel Prize' given by James Pethica of Williams College Massachusetts, and longstanding member of The Waterboys, Steven Wickham's talk on 'Finding the Groove: adding music to poetry'.
Marino man Steve Wickham is also billed to put his lecture subject matter to the test and is set to perform live music for Yeats fans along with and Ray Coen of NoCrows
The winter school is schedule to take course over the space of three days, from the 26th-28th of January, centring around the Sligo Park Hotel and Leisure Club.
Tickets for the full programme with two nights’ Bed and Breakfast, Dinner one night and full use of the Leisure Club, are available from €259 per person sharing.
(Single room supplement €39 per night)
Avail of a Special 3rd night rate of €65 B&B per person sharing
Further information as well as the full programme of event can be found here.
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