Cahal Dallat walk – 19 Feb
19th February 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
On Sunday afternoon 19 February the ILS will be making an outing to Bedford Park for a walk led by the poet Cahal Dallat – members will remember Cahal and his accordion from our London Irish Poetic Tradition event back in November 2016. This is a members-only event which takes in the home of the Yeats family and considers, through visits to the houses of artists, publishers, painters, composers and politicians, how Bedford Park in the late 19th century allowed Irish culture in London to flourish and grow, and return something to the society left behind.
Its a fascinating experience which provides an insight into how the utopian community at Bedford Park made it possible for artists, actors, illustrators, engravers, painters, playwrights and poets to live inexpensively but within easy reach of London’s theatres, press, publishers and political centres. The walk is an essential antidote to the ‘lone genius’ illusion as it places Irish artists alongside William Morris and other great figures and shows how their exchanges helped to develop the late-19c progressive agenda that was to become the blueprint for 20th thought: anti-imperialist, in favour of Irish freedom and Indian independence, vegetarian, pacifist, interested in world religions and cultures, alternative, feminist…
Happy to play the romantic, in the end he inhabits a world which is exploratory and unsettledFortnight, on Cahal's poetry
The walk is not for the faint-hearted as we will be out for 2hrs. So, you’ll need robust shoes, stamina and probably a brolly. We’ll be finishing up outside a pub and plan to have some space so that we can collapse after and read some relevant texts with a drink. The ILS is subsidising the walk and Cahal is generously donating the fee to the Bedford Park fund for a statue of Yeats. See Cahal’s project here: http://www.cahaldallat.com/yeats
Since moving to London 40 years ago the Ballycastle native has been a computer scientist and a critic, a musician and a broadcaster. Dallat’s literary horizons broadened when he joined a nascent poetry workshop run by Robert Greacon, an esteemed Dublin writer who had relocated to London. His poetry appears in a range of literary magazines & anthologies, in Trio 7 (with John Kelly & Sean McWilliams, Blackstaff Press, 1992), Morning Star (Lagan Press, 1998) and in The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff Press, 2009).