Jul 19 – Jul 29 all-day
12:00 am
Enniscrone Library invites you to enjoy the beautiful Enniscrone Coastal Walk while reading pages of a picture book displayed along the walk. Reading becomes a fun outdoors adventure for all of the family where storybooks …
Enniscrone Library
12:00 am
Enniskillen’s Happy Days and Sligo’s Tread Softly festivals come together for a cross-border collaboration celebrating the work of two great Irish Nobel Laureates: Samuel Beckett and WB Yeats. For a whole month, travellers heading down from Northern Ireland into …
Enniskillen Sligo Border
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
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 …
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
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


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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