Watch National Theatre actor Ciarán Hinds read Yeats’s He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, a key inspiration for our project, at our London Irish Embassy launch in Grosvenor Place, with thanks to Irish Literary Society & to Ambassador Adrian and Mrs Aisling O’Neill
All planned talks & walks on hold since March 2020
Tue 25 Feb 2020, 7.30 pm: A Whole Day’s Dreaming: Yeats, the Thames, and Poetry
The Thames has long had a magnetic attraction for writers and artists but for Nobel-Prize-winning poet WB Yeats, growing up in nearby Bedford Park, the riverbanks between Chiswick Pier and Hammersmith were a vital resource: both a place to meet influential and inspirational people, and the source of one of the world’s best-loved poems of longing, The Lake Isle of Innisfree.
Chiswick poets Cahal Dallat and Anne-Marie Fyfe, both from Ireland’s Glens of Antrim, conjure up for us, through talk, excerpts from the young WB Yeats’s poems and letters, and a little music, Yeats’s late-19th-century Thames-side circle of poets, painters, playwrights, political thinkers and small-press publishers, and the natural riverbank world of willows, osiers, & water lapping with low sounds by the shore.
Venue: Chiswick Pier Trust. The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG
Sun 20 Oct, 2.30-5pm: Land of Heart’s Desire: WB Yeats Literary Walk
with Cahal Dallat for WB Yeats Bedford Park Project
Every poet has, surely, their own Land of Heart’s Desire. For Nobel-Prize-winning poet WB Yeats the sublime landscape & legends of the West of Ireland inspired his early work. But poets need a network of publishing, poetry groups, friends, & literary-&-artistic connections in which to thrive, and Yeats’s unique genius was fostered in the curious 19c Arts-&-Crafts garden-suburb/artists’-colony that was Bedford Park, in Chiswick, West London, where he spent much of his youth.
Join Irish poet and critic Cahal Dallat (founder/organiser of WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project who’s lectured on Yeats for Poetry Society, Sligo’s Yeats International Summer School, Mapping Yeats 2015 at UMKC, WB Yeats Society of NY &c) on a Sunday stroll (starts Ravenscourt Pk Tube, ends Turnham Grn Tube) round Yeats’s favourite haunts, by way of Upper Mall, along Thames riverside by Old Chiswick Churchyard to Bedford Park, taking in, en route, Pissarro, Pope, Thackeray, O’Connell, Wm. Morris, Whistler, Stepniak, Shaw, Holst, Henley, other Yeatses, actors, anarchists, occultists, typographers, and much more.
Venue: from Ravenscourt Park Tube Station, West London
Fri 13 Sep, 6.15pm, On the Pavements Grey: WB Yeats in Utopian Bedford Park
The story of WB Yeats, who, though much inspired by West-of-Ireland legend, landscape and longing, spent two-thirds of his youth in London, mostly in Bedford Park, the diverse artists’-colony of actors, anarchists, Arts&Crafts practitioners, poets, painters, playwrights, and late-nineteenth-century seekers after wisdom and truth who fostered his unique Nobel-Prize-winning literary genius.
A rare opportunity to hear the Yeats/Bedford Park story from the founder/organiser of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project, Cahal Dallat, in the unique setting of the Buddhist Vihara, in the building which was, from 1877 to 1939, The Bedford Park Club where Yeats’s father, painter John Butler Yeats joined in debates with fellow artists, writers, critics and political thinkers, where the young WB Yeats witnessed the pageants that were to inspire his symbolist drama & his co-founding of the Irish National Theatre, a particularly appropriate location, too, because of Yeats’s interest in his search for a spiritual dimension, in Hindu & Buddhist literature and teachings.
Venue: London Buddhist Vihara, 17 The Avenue London W4 1UD
Sun 9, Sun 16 & Sun 23 Jun 2019, 2.30pm, Land of Heart’s Desire: WB Yeats Literary Walks
Tue 7 May 2019, 6.30pm, On the Pavements Grey: WB Yeats & Being Irish in London
US Launch of: WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project &
Lecture by: Cahal Dallat music, & Yeats readings by poet Anne-Marie Fyfe
Hosted by: Ambassador Daniel Mulhall & Mrs. Greta Mulhall
Sponsored by: Embassy of Ireland, USA
Venue: The Ambassador’s Residence, 2244 ‘S’ Street NW, Washington DC 20008
Mon 19 Nov 2018, 6pm: On the Pavements Grey: WB Yeats in Utopian Bedford Park,
Fifth Annual Irish Literary Society Embassy of Ireland Lecture
London Launch of: WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project &
Lecture by: Cahal Dallat with guests Ciarán Hinds & Anne-Marie Fyfe
Hosted by: Ambassador Adrian O’Neill & Mrs. Aisling O’Neill
Sponsored by: Embassy of Ireland, Great Britain
Venue: Embassy of Ireland, Grosvenor Pl, London SW1X 7HR
Nobel-prizewinning poet, WB Yeats, though much inspired by Irish legend, landscape & longing, spent two-thirds of his youth in London, the majority of that time in the first-ever ‘garden-suburb’, Chiswick’s Arts-&-Crafts-influenced Bedford Park, whose diverse artists’-colony of inhabitants fostered his literary talent & endeavours.
Irish poet & literary critic, Cahal Dallat, has lived within a few blocks of the Yeats family’s two Bedford Park homes for all of his adult life & – fascinated by the ways in which Willie, his father, & 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, & politicians, for politics, too, is an art in Ireland) & on the equal importance to often-penniless, exiled Irish geniuses, of London’s complex cultural intersections & opportunities.
Sun 10 & Sun 17 Jun 2018, 2.30-5 pm, Land of Heart’s Desire: WB Yeats Literary Walks
for Bedford Park Festival & WB Yeats Bedford Park Project