On the Pavement Grey: WB Yeats in Utopian Bedford Park – 19 Nov
19th November 2018 @ 6:00 am – 8:00 pm UTC
The ILS is delighted to be back at the Irish Embassy for this year’s Yeats lecture. The poet Cahal Dallat will talk on the influence of London on Yeats.
Nobel prize-winning poet W B Yeats, though much inspired by Irish legend, landscape and longing, spent half his youth in London, the majority of that time in Bedford Park, the Utopian/aestehtic garden-suburb/artists’-colony whose diverse inhabitants fostered his literary talent and endeavours. Dallat has lived within a few blocks of the Yeats family’s two Bedford Park homes for all of his adult life and, fascinated by the way Willie, his father and his artistic siblings negotiated the metropolis’s social networks, while dreaming of Sleuth Wood or Ben Bulben, has lectured on the importance to Victorian London of Irish artists (poets, painters, playwrights, composers, and politicians, for politics, too, is an art in Ireland) and the usefulness of London’s complex intersections and patronage to often-penniless, in a genteel way, exiled geniuses.
In Bedford Park’s heady progressive atmosphere (and its winding villagey avenues) lay the seeds of Yeats’s genius, not to mention contemporary theatre, Modernist poetry and political and cultural changes that would invert the social and imperial order in the 20th century. Dallat is leading the project for the development of a W.B. Yeats Artwork for Bedford Park, further details are available on his site.
The evening will feature contributions and readings from Yeats’s letters and poems by actor Ciarán Hinds and poet Anne-Marie Fyfe.
A lottery for ILS members will be held for tickets for this event. To apply for a ticket contact the Hon. Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credit: Camille Pissarro, Fete de Jubilee a Bedford Park, 1897. Speakers:
Cahal Dallat is a poet, musician and critic, (b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim). He lives in London, reviews literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian among others, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s weekly arts programme, Saturday Review, since 1998. His poetry collections include, Morning Star (1988) and The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff Press, 2009). He won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006. He is also the founder/organiser of the WB Yeats Bedford Park project, a committee member of the John Hewitt Society in Ireland, and is now a centenary-year musician/poet-in-residence here at The Charles Causley Trust. www.cahaldallat.com
Ciaran Hinds was born in Belfast in 1953. After enrolling in Law at Queens’ University of Belfast, he left that in order to train in acting at RADA. He began his stage career at the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre as a pantomime horse in the production of “Cinderella”. He has since established himself in leading roles on stage and screen working with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Thomas Alfredson. He most recently appeared in London earlier this year at the National Theatre in a production of Brian Friel’s great play Translations.
Anne-Marie Fyfe was born in Cushendall, Ireland and now lives in West London. Fyfe is a poet, creative-writing teacher, arts-organiser and former Chair of the Poetry Society (2006-2009). Her collections include Late Crossing (1999), Tickets from a Blank Window (2002), The Ghost Twin (2005), Understudies (2010) and House of Small Absences (2015). Fyfe has previously won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Curaçao Dusk’. She founded Coffee House Poetry at the Troubadour and also runs a range of poetry workshops and classes for writers and aspiring writers.
- The Embassy of Ireland
- Irish Literary Society