Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
  Of Yeats and Sailors A picturesque maritime village with tales of sailors and the Yeats family’s connections here. Led by Ann Joyce poet and writer & Willie Murphy Sligo-Bay RNLI. Meet at Harry’s Bar. All walks are weather …
11:15 am
Lecture: Hugh Haughton The Poet in the Gallery: Yeats and Auden Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here
Yeats Building
Jul 27 @ 1:30 pm
1:30 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
5:00 pm
In mid-July a group of visual artists and writers will trek across the Ballygawley Mountains with archaeological writer and folklorist Padraig Meehan. Sliabh Da En, the ‘hill of two birds’, is rich in mythic narratives …
Factory Performance Space
6:00 pm
(Returning to Tread Softly Festival by popular demand) For children aged 8-12 years Bring your imagination…everything else will be provided. Join Jen Emery in the half light to create your version of Yeats’ Cloths of …
Sligo Central Library
10:00 pm
  A family saga of the decline and fall through its two remaining members, a father and his sixteen year old son, set outside the burnt remains of the former family home. I saw it …
Hazelwood House Grounds
Jul 28 @ 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
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


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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