Calendar

6:00 pm
  The 59th International Summer School explores The Greening of Yeats, led by co-directors Professor Matthew Campbell and Dr Lauren Arrington. The ten-day school includes lectures, music, drama, poetry and tours and walks in the …
Hawk’s Well Theatre
9:30 am
Lecture: Director Lauren Arrington ‘Singing School’ the ballad and the ‘natural man’ Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here http://www.yeatssociety.com/yiss/2018-programme/
Yeats Building
11:15 am
Lecture: Director Matthew Campbell ‘Authentic Dross’ Poetry and Song in Mangan, Moore and (Jack) Yeats Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here http://www.yeatssociety.com/yiss/2018-programme/
Yeats Building
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 http://www.yeatssociety.com/yiss/2018-programme/
Yeats Building
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
9:00 am
Morning archaeology walk with Martin Timoney Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here http://www.yeatssociety.com/yiss/2018-programme/
Meet at Yeats Building
1:15 pm
Open Mic with lunch (lunch €6) €6 Admission | €12 includes lunch Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here http://www.yeatssociety.com/yiss/2018-programme/
Yeats Building
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
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
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

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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