The Muse Of Yeats 2017

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The Muse Of Yeats festival 2017 will take place at Rossnaree House on weekend October 7-8, hosted by Aisling Law - the great granddaughter of Maud Gonne.

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Smart, Ambitious, Contemporary 

“All good poets…compose their beautiful poems not by art, but because they are inspired and possessed by the Muse who speaks through them.” Plato 

Yeats never got over Maud Gonne. Over his life, nine women became his muse, several of them were his lovers, and one was his wife. But for 40 years, Maud Gonne was the muse he never quite possessed.

This festival celebrates the life of Maud Gonne and other women who became his muses. The exciting programme on Saturday includes discussions by renowned Yeatsian scholars, authors, and artists.  Joseph Hassett talks about Iseult Gonne as Muse and Adrian Paterson, Ph.D. will give voice to Maud Gonne. The talks will be wrapped up by Ailbhe Smyth, a well-known Irish academic, speaker and activist whose title, "The Fight Goes On: Women, Politics and Culture" should be one of the highlights of the afternoon.

Not to be missed is the hour-long theatrical production, "The Muse and Mister Yeats, a play for voices" performed by the Curlew Theatre, as the play brings to life some of Yeats's muses. 

There will be opportunities to browse through book and gift stalls throughout the two days. 

Host, Aisling Law and several family members, including Imogen Stuart, Ireland's foremost sculptor, will reminisce about Maud Gonne - revealing the secret world of one of Ireland's most revolutionary activists.

Guests will also enjoy live music throughout the day and a unique exhibition of previously unseen artwork and albums by Maud Gonne from the family archives - presented by Iseult White, great granddaughter of Major John Mcbride and Maud Gonne.

Saturday evening will end with a candlelit dinner. and live music.

Tours of the special exhibition will be open between 13h00 and 17h00 on Sunday as well.

We are also delighted to announce this exciting news.  The musicians for the event on October 7, The Lost Brothers and Steve Wickham from The Waterboys (they have just finished recording a new album together) will be playing for us, a fitting wrap-up of our festival.

Tickets are €75 for the two days, including lunch and dinner on Saturday plus the music event on Saturday evening. Student tickets are €35 for Saturday and include lunch. Tickets for just the Lost Brothers/Steve Wickham concert are €25. 


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