Literary Reputations

True Harmony – Yeats at 150

  • 15
  • Oct
  • 15
  • Oct



the poet and playwright William Butler Yeats


At the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats, this event celebrates the great Irish poet’s interest in music, poetry and
performance, whose high point may well have been his 1903 sell-out performance in The Whitworth, which led The Guardian
to declare: ‘if we are ever to find a way back to a true harmony between music and poetry, it will almost certainly be by consulting the poet.’

Returning Yeats to the gallery, this one-off event will explore why his work continues to fascinate readers, writers and composers. It will include American composer William Brooks’ celebrated response to Yeats’ work and experiments with music, Everlasting Voices, which will be performed by SoundWeave (Dublin duo Nuala Hayes and Paul Roe). This event will also include readings of Yeats’ poems and responses to them by poets Colette Bryce, Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Michael Symmons Roberts and Jeffrey Wainwright. This event is sponsored by Specsavers.