Calendar

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
5:30 pm
Departs Doorly Park
8:00 pm
Mike McCormack came to fame with his novel Solar Bones, which was published in 2016 by Tramp Press in Dublin. He famously said that he ‘has no memory of writing it’ although he has always …
The Methodist Church, Wine St, Sligo
10:00 am
Morning walk Knocknarea with Martin Enright Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here http://www.yeatssociety.com/yiss/2018-programme/
Meet at Yeats Building
12:30 pm
Lunchtime drama: Pot of Broth (in Irish, English summary provided) with lunch box included
Yeats Building
2:30 pm
Departs Doorly Park
3:00 pm
Afternoon walk with Seatrails Auriel Robinson – see the Wild Atlantic Way, Rosses Point. Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here http://www.yeatssociety.com/yiss/2018-programme/
Meet at Yeats Building
5:30 pm
Departs Doorly Park
6:00 pm
Evensong, Drumcliffe Church 6pm Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here http://www.yeatssociety.com/yiss/2018-programme/
Drumcliffe Church
8:30 pm
Leontia Flynn grew up on a farm in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, the time of ‘the troubles’. Increasingly garnering praise and prizes she has already been described by poet John McAuliffe, as ‘the poet …
The Methodist Church, Wine St, Sligo

Sponsors

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.
For more information on the Wild Atlantic Way visit www.wildatlanticway.com