Thursday, 1st June 2017
National Library to host series of literary events in June
The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has today (01.06.17) announced that it will host a series of literary events throughout the month of June. The programme will be headlined by the annual Joseph Hassett Yeats Lecture, delivered by noted academic, Bernard O’Donoghue.
Professor O’Donoghue’s lecture is entitled ‘Yeats – the political mystic’ and will examine the political and the occult in the poet’s work. The lecture will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, 13th June, the anniversary of Yeats’ birth in 1865. No booking is required.
Further events range from lectures and exhibition tours, plays and performances, to a special pop-up display. The line-up of activities will focus on WB Yeats and James Joyce, and all events will take place at the NLI:
Speaking about the programme of literary events for June, Head of Outreach at the NLI, Katherine McSharry, said: “Literary celebrations take place at the Library throughout the year and are central to our events calendar, but we are delighted to offer our visitors a special programme in June. These events will focus particularly on two of our country’s most important writers: WB Yeats and James Joyce.
“We are particularly looking forward to welcoming Bernard O’Donoghue to the NLI for the fourth annual Joseph Hassett Yeats Lecture on 13th June, the anniversary of Yeats’ birth. His insights into the mystical and political sides of Yeats’s work are not to be missed. We’re also excited to be showcasing some of the recently acquired extraordinary letters from Joyce to Yeats in a pop-up display, offering a special glimpse into their long friendship.”
Further information about the NLI’s programme of events for June is available at: www.nli.ie.
Contact: Louise Archbold, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2601145
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