It’s been a mixed bag of emotions this week. I feel like I’m on a wave, sometimes I’m a champion surfer riding the white horses, other times I’m struggling to stay afloat. I have found a new thing that helps though.
Yesterday afternoon I went along to Dooney Rock on the shores of Lough Gill to a meeting of ‘Bards in the Woods’. I’ve been following the Facebook page and the event sounded interesting so I went to find out more.
Today I went along to the Yeats Memorial Building for Young Yeats Open Mic event. It’s a great idea and is held once a month. People just turn up sing, play music, recite a poem or just sit and enjoy the entertainment and atmosphere.
This year the Yeats Day event includes the launch of a 10-day rescheduled and re-branded Craftfest Northwest festival honouring WB’s sisters Susan and Elizabeth – affectionately named Lily and Lolly by her siblings. Susan (Lily) was a keen embroiderist. Elizabeth (Lolly) trained under the renowned artist and textile designer William Morris in London. She was an artist and the main inspiration for the Cuala Press which she ran with her sister. They printed the work of WB Yeats and many other well-known writers including Ezra Pound, Douglas Hyde, Rabindranath Tagore and Elizabeth Bowen. The LilyLolly Craftfest will build on the success in recent years of the Northwest Craftfest. The rebranded and rescheduled festival – promoted by Made in Sligo craft wrokers group – will now be launched on Yeats day every year.
There are lots of events taking place during the festival, you can see the listing on the poster above and also keep an eye on the Season of Yeats website.