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Yeats Memorial Building

Hyde Bridge

Sligo

Ireland

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Celebrate the changing of seasons at the Yeats Society with our first Samhain festival

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Friday 29th October

6 – 7.30pm

Dark Tales Tour

Learn about Dracula, its author Bram Stoker and his links with WB Yeats. Learn about the cholera epidemic, the tragic history of Sligo Abbey and other dark tales of this 700-year old town.

9pm

Inside the Occult – What Really Went On

A candlelit lecture delivered by Professor Susan Johnston Graf (live online from Pennsylvania)

In person and streamed from the Yeats Building.

Tea/coffee/wine will be available.

Saturday 30th October

11.00

Past Dark – An Archaeology of the Occult

A wide-ranging talk given by Dr Robert Hensey on all things dark

In person and streamed from the Yeats Building.

Tea/coffee will be available.

2-4.30

Supernatural Poetry Workshop

‘MIDNIGHT has come, and the great Christ Church Bell

And many a lesser bell sound through the room;

And it is All Souls’ Night,

And two long glasses brimmed with muscatel

Bubble upon the table.’

– from Epilogue to ‘A Vision’ WB Yeats

Join Yeats Society Sligo poet in residence Jessica Traynor for a workshop which explores the supernatural in Yeats and in Irish folklore to inspire some haunting new poems.

The workshop will take as its inspiration folklore, the symbolism of the Tarot, and the content of the lecture on Yeats and the occult. Participants will be prompted to write and share several new pieces in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

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also 2-4.30

Supernatural Drawing workshop - Images in the Dark

Inspired by excerpts from Yeats' A Vision, artist Rebecca Massey is offering a session of free association drawing. It includes the basics of working with willow charcoal, blocking in and masking on paper to create their own interpretation through words and imagery.

6-7pm

Fireside readings of new work

Join us for a glass of wine and readings of new poems inspired by the day’s lecture and workshop. Yeats Society Sligo poet in residence Jessica Traynor will read some new poems alongside participants in the afternoon workshop, who will be invited to share their work.

9pm

Moonbathing

A specially commissioned performance, created and performed by artist and actor Sinead Sexton.

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Yeats Memorial Building

Hyde Bridge

Sligo

Ireland

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Organiser The Yeats Society

Organiser of Samhain

Through the creative space of the Yeats Memorial Building, the Yeats Society has sought to serve the needs of those interested in Yeats's poetry through the Yeats Summer School, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Poetry Circle, Poets Parlour, Reference library and Lily's and Lolly's cafe.

 

The Hyde Bridge Gallery is administered by The Yeats Society, Sligo.

The gallery aims to encourage all artistic endeavours within the local, national and international community while maintaining a focus on community. It provides space for the exhibition of contemporary art, and facilitates a forum for artists within a historic space.

Located by Hyde Bridge on the Garavogue River, The Hyde Bridge Gallery is housed on the second floor of the Yeats Memorial Building.

Also worth visiting here are the Yeats Photographic Exhibition and the library which provides reading and learning space for students who wish to consult its unique collection of books, and to listen to and view the DVD collection of lectures given at Yeats Summer Schools over more than 55 years.

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