9:30 am
Lecture: Fran Brearton ‘Trees Suffering’ Yeats’ Arcadian Recourses Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here
Yeats Building
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
11:00 am
Sligo County Museum Guided Tours Museum Opening Times:  Tues-Sat 9:30am-12:30pm & 2-4pm The museum can accommodate up to 20 visitors and is wheelchair accessible.
Sligo County Museum
11:00 am
Including Yeatsian points of interest. Tourist Office Tours – Booking Essential on all tours except free walking tours. All bookings, and further information, can be made through the Sligo Tourist Information Office on O’Connell St., …
Pick up & return Sligo Tourist Information Office
11:15 am
Lecture: Peter McDonald ‘Early Yeats’s Lake Isles’ Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here  
Yeats Building
1:00 pm
Yeats scholar Dr. Hilary Pyle will give a lunchtime Gallery Talk on Yeats: Portrait of a Family on Thursday 26 July at 1pm Curators’ Tours will take place at 1.30pm on Tue 24, Wed 25, …
The Model
Jul 26 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
1:10 pm
As part of a new Trad@lunch series, Elsa, Jos & Ted Kelly perform together in the theatre foyer. Trad@lunch is the Hawk’s Well Theatre’s new summer series of traditional music sessions taking place in the …
Hawk’s Well Theatre
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2:00 pm
Sam Moore, archaeologist lecturer, has a keen interest in prehistory and passage tombs. Meet at Carrowkeel car park. Duration 3 hours. All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers particpate …
2:30 pm
Departs Doorly Park
4:30 pm
Showcasing Wild Atlantic Oysters Experience first-hand how Sligo’s oysters are farmed from three local farmers. Tourist Office Tours – Booking Essential on all tours except free walking tours. All bookings, and further information, can be …
Depart Sligo Tourist Information Office
5:30 pm
Departs Doorly Park
7:00 pm
In 1918, women were finally allowed to vote; equality of suffrage had been achieved. It was not without lengthy struggle on the part of many women and men over many years. This short play in …
Lissadell Church Of Ireland, Ballinphull, Maugherow
10:00 pm
California poets David Starkey, Chryss Yost and Paul J. Willis are on tour in Ireland with Gunpowder Press. David Starkey, publisher of Gunpowder Press, has also written one of the best selling creative writing textbooks …
Lyons Café


Welcome to this, the seventh Tread Softly festival. This is a programme of events inspired by the work of the Yeats brothers, Jack and William, and the landscape and stories that inspired them in County Sligo.

Highlights of this year’s programme include the launch of a new free literary broadsheet The Cormorant; an outdoor production at Hazelwood House of Yeats’ last play Purgatory by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company; Walking Birds’ Mountain, a collaboration between 13 visual and literary artists responding to the myths associated with Da En on the shores of Lough Gill; songwriter Johnny Duhan performing at Hawk’s Well Theatre; newly added portraits Yeats; A Portrait of a Family to the Model’s collection; and invited artists responding to WB Yeats’ poem An Irish Airman Foresees His Death at Hamilton Gallery.
Also included here is the programme from the Yeats International Summer School that features recent winner of the International Dublin Literary Award, Mike McCormack; the posthumous launch of Dermot Healy’s Collected Poems; Leontia Flynn reading; and a play and discussion on One Hundred Years of Suffrage. Other features are To the Waters and the Wild, a series of guided walks throughout the county.
We are also pleased to announce collaborations between the Beckett Festival in Enniskillen and also the Heaney Centre in Bellaghy, Derry. The first of these collaborations sees Three Billboards (or more) a cross border collaboration featuring the works of WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett.
We hope there is something here for you and your family to enjoy!

Tread Softly…Team

The seventh Tread Softly… festival is programmed in partnership with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, and Sligo County Council in conjunction with the 59th International Yeats Summer School.

Acknowledgement. Thank you to all our sponsors.

in association with Sligo County Council , Fáilte Ireland, and The Wild Atlantic Way.
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