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Manchester Literature Festival - True Harmony: Yeats at 150, A Celebration

08 Oct 2015

Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm at The Whitworth Art Gallery.


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 Hall, 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 Manchester and the Whitworth Art 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.

To book:

Tickets are priced at £10 / £8 and are available from:

  • Martin Harris Centre Box Office 0161 275 8951 (2-4pm weekdays) or
  • Online at Quaytickets

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