1:15 pm
Reading of WB’s letters to his sister Lily at Lily’s desk. Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here
Yeats Building
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths…I would spread the cloths under your feet WB Yeats suggests that no matter how humble our beginnings there are no limits to where our dreams can take us. Inspired …
City Hall
6:00 pm
The Cormorant is a new publication, presenting work from established and emerging writers in Sligo. Over 25 writers contributed, reflecting the range of voices and different rhythms of looking and writing. The publication is named for …
Factory Performance Space
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Johnny’s songs are sung worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black and hosts of other Irish and international singers. His song The …
Hawk’s Well Theatre
Jul 21 – Jul 29 all-day
12:00 am
Find secret clues and treasures created by sculptor Martha Quinn. Martha carved hares (the new icon of the Sligo Way) and leaves from local flora as kilometre markings on the Sligo Way between Slish Woods …
Slish Wood Car Park
9:00 am
Morning archaeology walk with Martin Timoney Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here
Meet at Yeats Building
Jul 21 @ 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
1:15 pm
Open Mic with lunch (lunch €6) €6 Admission | €12 includes lunch Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here
Yeats Building
2:30 pm
Departs Doorly Park
3:00 pm
Continuing the series of readings from playwrights that were supported by Yeats during his tenure at the National Theatre, Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World will be reproduced in a rehearsed reading in the …
Sligo Courthouse
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


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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