Lady Gregory Yeats Autumn Gathering
This weekend sees the Lady Gregory Yeats Autumn Gathering, taking place in south Galway at the Lady Gregory Hotel Gort, Coole Park, and Thoor Ballylee from Friday 30th September to Sunday October 2nd 2016.
In this anniversary year, speakers from near and far will be thinking about 1916 and its local connections, and the imaginative landscape of writers like Gregory, Yeats, and Joyce. As well as memories and revivals it also features theatre: with a tour of the NUI Galway theatre archives on Friday, and on Sunday a play performed at Thoor Ballylee by The Curlew Theatre Company called History!: Reading the Easter Rising.
Below follows a summary programme. Further details and how to register can be found at the Autumn Gathering Website.
Lady Gregory Yeats Autumn Gathering
Yeats and Lady Gregory’s prominent role in theatrical, poetic, and cultural life in the period is often acknowledged but their particular connections with and responses to 1916 deserve examination. This 22nd Gathering explores the collaborations, creations, and disagreements present in 1916, exploring how the aesthetic conceptions of drama and poetry not only affected the Rising but shaped a response to it.
Within Coole Park’s historic walled garden, sits the famous ‘autograph tree’ where world-renowned authors such as Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Sean O’Casey, John Millington Synge and George Moore, carved their initials, marking Coole Park as the centre of the Irish Literary Revival in the 20th century. Taking place in Coole Park and Thoor Ballylee, Yeats’ 15th century castle-home, the Autumn Gathering will highlight the impact of 1916 to both the literary giants of the time and local people of Gort and South Galway.
Friday 30 September 2016
|Tour of the Abbey Theatre Archive NUIG
Depart Gort at 13.00 to arrive at National University of Ireland Galway at 14.00
Tour includes display of items from the Abbey Theatre.
Registration for Twenty-Second
Lady Gregory/Yeats Autumn Gathering.
Reception & Formal Opening:
Welcome by Director, Ronnie O’Gorman.
Formal opening by Greg White, great grandson of Francis FitzAdelm Persse, brother of Lady Gregory, and cutting of the Gort Barm Brack.
Dedication of Gort Library’s Coole Collection to the memory of Sheila O’Donnellan, co-founder of the Autumn Gathering
Opening Address by Ray Burke, Chief News Editor at RTE and Author of ‘Joyce County’
featuring a new book which explores James Joyce’s ties with Galway
Entertainment by Sonic Strings youth orchestra from Coole Music
|Coach leaves from The Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort
The Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort
Saturday 01 October 2016
|Coach departs Lady Gregory Hotel for Coole Park.
Lecture Sessions chaired by Colin Smythe renowned publisher & literary agent
W.B. Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory and 1916
Dr Adrian Paterson, Director of Graduate Research-English, School of Humanities
‘The first time I saw a whole salmon cooked’: Encounters with the wealthy in Gort and the GPO
Lucy McDiarmid, Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English at Montclair State University, N.J.
Easter Week through Abbey Eyes
Cecily O’Neill, Author and International Authority on Drama Education and Theatre.
Forum: Discussion with the Speakers
View the Coole Collection dedicated to the memory of Sheila O’Donnellan at Gort Library, Old Church of Ireland, Queen St., Gort.
Stroll through the woods
(accompanied by NPWS Tour Guide)
View the exhibition and documentary about Lady Gregory and Coole
Candlelit Dinner & Entertainment.
Coach leaves from The Lady Gregory Hotel at 19.15
Sunday 2 October 2016
Coach departs Lady Gregory Hotel for Thoor Ballylee.
“How have we remembered 1916?”
Catriona Crowe, National Archivist of Ireland.
History!: Reading the Easter Rising – Play
Performed by The Curlew Theatre Company.
View the Coole Collection dedicated to the memory of Sheila O’Donnellan at Gort Library, Old Church of Ireland, Queen St., Gort
(open until 17.00 – afternoon tea)
Farewell to our Friends!
Organising Committee: Booking Info:
Ronnie O’Gorman (Director) Marion Cox
Marion Cox (Organiser) 1 Kiltiernan East
Eileen O’Connor (Hon. Member) Kilcolgan
Lois Tobin (Founding Member) Co. Galway
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