The National Library of Ireland – June Calendar
Below are a list of events taking place at the National Library of Ireland in June.
Lunchtime Talk: ‘A Chinese Immortality?’ W.B. Yeats’s ‘Lapis Lazuli’
In this lecture, Professor Jerusha McCormack uses her experience of teaching in and about China to decode the poem ‘Lapis Lazuli’ as it moves from Western versions of immortality to the more elusive Chinese vision.
Wednesday, 3 May, 1pm. Free admission. Booking is not required.
Public Tours: ‘Yeats: The Life and Work of William Butler Yeats
Visit the NLI for a public tour of the exhibition ‘Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats’ each Thursday throughout the month of June. As this year marks the 150th anniversary of the poet's birth in 1835, the tour will introduce the life and work of the poet.
Thursday, 4, 11, 18, 25 June, 2pm - Free admission. Booking is not required
The Joseph Hassett Yeats Lecture: ‘Players and Painted Stage’ – the Drama of Yeats’s Life
This year’s Joseph Hassett Yeats Lecture will be given by Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, and examine the life and work of William Butler Yeats.
Thursday, 11 June, 7pm. Free admission. Booking required.
History Ireland Hedge School
Join ‘History Ireland’ editor, Tommy Graham, for a panel discussion on Yeats 150 with Roy Foster, Catriona Crowe, P.J. Matthews, with readings by Theo Dorgan.
Friday, 12 June, 7pm. Free admission. Booking is not required
Yeats Birthday Celebration: Celebrate the Birthday!
2 – 4pm: Music in the front hall with Denise Kelly-McDonnell, harp; Ellen Cranitch, flute; Jane Hughes, cello. Niall MacMonagle will introduce a selection of Yeats’s poems read by students from the Poetry Aloud competition. Follow the Yeats trail to find the places in the NLI associated with the poet.
4pm: ‘The Poet and the Library: Yeats and the National Library of Ireland’ – this short talk by Katherine McSharry of the NLI explores Yeats’s links with the NLI.
Visit the Reading Room where Yeats and Joyce studied. Exhibition ‘Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats’ is open all day. Enjoy a slice of Yeats birthday cake in Café Joly.
Saturday, 13 June, 2 – 5pm Free admission. Booking is not required.
Bloomsday: A One Woman Show – JOYCED!
This one-woman show performed by Katie O’Kelly and written by Donal O’Kelly takes the audience on a whirlwind journey of Joycean Dublin, catapulting spectators through 1904, the year which Joyce would later make famous in ‘Ulysses’.
Tuesday, 16 June, 2pm & 7pm Admission: €10, payable at the door. Booking is not required.
For those not able to make it on Bloomsday, there will be a pre-Bloomsday performance on Monday 15 June at 7pm.
The Muse & Mister Yeats – A Play for Voices
Curlew Theatre Company presents ‘The Muse & Mister Yeats’, performed by Tegolin Knowland and Seán Coyne, and written and produced by Eamon Grennan. The play sketches a portrait of Yeats-in-love, presenting his muses as the inspiration for some of his best-known poems.
Wednesday 17 June, 1:30pm
Creativity in Fashion and Design
Colm Atkinson, Senior Tutor with Grafton Academy will give a talk entitled Creativity in Fashion and Design: expertise in design and tailoring for the discerning fashion designer. The talk is from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. All are welcome. For further information contact Business Information Centre at T. 01 8734996 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 19 June, 1pm Admission: €5, payable at the door. Booking is not required.
Songs from the Swans at Coole
Artistic Director of the City Theatre Dublin, Michael Scott, presents his new song cycle exploring the poetry of Yeats focusing on the development of the Irish State and his unrequited love for Maud Gonne. Deirdre Donnelly and Des Cave will read a selection of poetry and singers Kathleen Tynan (Soprano) and Anthony Norton (Tenor) will sing the new musical settings of selected poems in an operatic and classical style with a traditional Irish ‘orchestra’.
Wednesday, 24 June, 7pm Admission: €20. Booking required