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7th Annual Yeats Lecture – 8 December 2020

8th December 2020 @ 19:00 - 20:00 GMT

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The Irish Literary Society is delighted to announce that the speaker for this year’s Annual Yeats Lecture will be Garry Hynes, Director of Druid. Following an introduction by the President of the Irish Literary Society, Bernard O’Donoghue, Hynes will give a short presentation and then join in conversation on the recent DruidGregory season with the novelist and Druid board member, Colm Tóibín. Throughout September and October Druid defied the pandemic to mount a return to live theatre in the magic fields, woods and gardens of Coole Park in a tribute to, and an animation of, the life and works of Galway’s Augusta Lady Gregory. Launched in the historic setting of her Coole Park home, DruidGregory included five of Lady Gregory’s one-act plays, performed by a company of 12 actors and musicians, and directed by Garry Hynes.

Speaker: Garry Hynes
Garry Hynes

Garry Hynes co-founded Druid in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991 and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Garry has also worked with the Gate Theatre (Ireland); the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court (UK), Center Theatre Group, Second Stage, Signature Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, the Kennedy Center, the Mark Taper Forum and the Spoleto Festival (USA). Follow Garry on twitter: @DruidTheatre


Speaker: Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s novels include ‘Brooklyn’ (2009) and ‘Nora Webster’ (2015) and two collections of stories. He has been three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize for ‘The Blackwater Lightship’ (1999), ‘The Master’ (2005). His play ‘The Testament of Mary’ (2012), was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. His ninth novel ‘House of Names’ appeared in 2017. His other work includes collections of short stories, poetry, many works of non-fiction and editorial works. His writing has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is a member of the board of Druid.


Speaker: Bernard O’Donoghue
Bernard O'Donoghue

Bernard O’Donoghue is a Professor and Emeritus Fellow in English at Wadham College, Oxford. He is a poet and literary critic, and author of Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (1995) – he succeeded Heaney as President of the ILS. His most recent poetry collection is The Seasons of Cullen Church (2016). Previous volumes include Farmer’s Cross (2011), Gunpowder (1995), Here Nor There (1999); Outliving (2003); his Selected Poems came out in 2008. O’Donoghue was winner of the 1995 Whitbread Poetry Award and Cholmondeley Award in 2009.



8th December 2020
19:00 - 20:00 GMT
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