Yeats Day at The London Irish Centre
We are delighted to be hosting a major Yeats Day celebration on Apr 1st 2015.
Please see information below, followed by a call for submission for those interested in applying to read,
As part of the #Yeats2015 celebration, the Irish community in London will gather at the London Irish Centre in Camden on April 1st 2015, to celebrate the poetry of WB Yeats and raise funds for two arts and literature organisations in the part of London most associated with the Irish community: Cricklewood, North London.
The theme of the event, organised and supported by The Department of Diaspora Affairs, will centre on the question of what it means to be Irish, especially when one lives away from Ireland.
“I Am Of Ireland” is being run in partnership with Gary Dunne, Director of Arts at The London Irish Centre, which will be the venue for the evening. Supported by the Irish Department for Diaspora Affairs through Minister Jimmy Deenihan, it will feature performances by writers, artists and musicians whose life or work has been inspired by Yeats's poetry.
Yeats was a long-time Londoner and, more than any other writer, established the idea of Ireland as a spirit, an internal condition, an imaginative space.
Our event will celebrate that concept and, true to the complexity of the poetry, include a wide variety of responses to what it means to be “of Ireland”.
Minister Deenihan will open the event. Orna Ross will compere, with short introductions of each act. Each performer will read one or more poems, or perform a musical piece, and tell a short story that illustrates their relationship with the poetry and how they were inspired by Yeats.
The first half of the evening will be dedicated to Yeats: the private man — and the earlier poems. Aisling Fahy, young poet laureate for London and poet-in-residence at the London Irish Centre will among the performers. We will go into the interval with a multi-part rendition of The Salley Gardens, as spoken word, rock, country and classical.
The second half of the evening will open with a short art auction, of artefacts donated by Irish artists and writers. The poems in this half will be about Yeats, the public man — and the later poems.
Rights permitting, we will play an audio recording of Yeats reading some of his own poems and talking about his own inspiration — and a short recording from Iseult Gonne about her relationship with him and how he inspired her own writings.
The final reader of the evening will be Dan Mulhall, The Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, who will read a poem from early, middle and late Yeats, finishing with "Among School Children" -- one "60-year-old smiling public man" reading about another.
The final song will bring all the musicians and readers to the front of the stage to sing a specially composed version of “I Am Of Ireland”, inviting the audience to join in the chorus, "Come Dance With Me In Ireland”.
Poetry Gifts plus Art, Words & Music Auction
The first 100 attendees to sign up to the event receive a Poems on The Underground poster. All attendees will receive an audiobook gift of OrnaRoss's Selected Poems. All performers and Minister Deenihan will receive a book called I Am Of Ireland: Celebrating The Poetry of WB Yeats, containing the poems, speeches and performances of the event. This book will be on sale on the night and there will also be a short auction after the interval of art, literature or music, in aid of our two charities: Creative Cricklewood, community arts organisation, and Friends of Cricklewood Library.
The two organisations will display their work in the lobby, for the audience to peruse during the interval.
Call For submissions
(closing date: Feb 27)
Call for Submissions: “I Am Of Ireland": An Evening of Words and Music To Celebrate The Poetry of WB Yeats. April 1, London Irish Centre
As part of the #Yeats2015 celebration, the Irish community in London will gather at the London Irish Centre in Camden on April 1 2015 to celebrate the poetry of WB Yeats.
The event, “I Am Of Ireland", organised by the Irish Department for Diaspora Affairs through Minister Jimmy Deenihan working with novelist and poetOrna Ross and supported by The London Irish Centre, will feature performances by writers, artists and musicians whose life or work has been inspired by Yeats poetry.
They will be required to read one or more poems, or perform a musical piece, and tell a short story that illustrates their relationship with Yeats and his poetry.
If you would like to perform at this special event, please send an email to Orna Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line — Yeats Event: London Irish Centre — saying which poem you would like to read, or which piece of music you’d like to perform. And, most importantly, why.