Calendar

7:00 pm
Dark Leaves Theatre Co. presents Old Time Radio – a special radio adaptation of WB Yeats’s Cathleen Ni Houlihan. Featuring the vocal talents of Isabel Claffey, Ultan Burke, Jay Starliper, Niall Colleary and Declan Drohan. …
Sullivan's Bar
1:00 pm
Since he was nineteen Niall Williams has had many entanglements with both Yeats brothers. It began with a pocket-eared Selected Poems of WB and many sojourns sitting in front of the Jack B’s during his …
Sligo Central Library
Jul 25 @ 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
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
2:00 pm
Dream up the future and all the amazing possibilities it holds in a fun filled workshop with artist Dympna O Driscoll. Then, create it using all kinds of sticky and shiny stuff and capture it …
Liber Bookshop
Jul 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
4:00 pm
Dream up the future and all the amazing possibilities it holds in a fun filled workshop with artist Dympna O Driscoll. Then, create it using all kinds of sticky and shiny stuff and capture it …
Liber Bookshop
8:00 pm
The hawk was WB Yeats’s totemic bird. In the story ‘The Wisdom of the King’ the metamorphosis of man into bird is complete. In ‘ The Old Men Of The Twilight’ the metamorphosis of man …
Ballymote Library
8:00 pm
Debate and discussion about the great questions of the day was very much part of WB Yeats life. In that grand tradition, Myles Dungan of RTE Radio One’s The History Programme, will host The Summer …
The Methodist Church, Wine St, Sligo
1:00 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
7:00 pm
In 1918, women were finally allowed to vote; equality of suffrage had been achieved. It was not without lengthy struggle on the part of many women and men over many years. This short play in …
Lissadell Church Of Ireland, Ballinphull, Maugherow
10:00 pm
California poets David Starkey, Chryss Yost and Paul J. Willis are on tour in Ireland with Gunpowder Press. David Starkey, publisher of Gunpowder Press, has also written one of the best selling creative writing textbooks …
Lyons Café
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
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

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