Wednesday 28 September 2016

Celebrate Yeats’ 150th birthday and support Temple St at the International Literature Festival Dublin

Published 21/05/2015 | 11:32

International Literature Festival Dublin launch
International Literature Festival Dublin launch

One of the key highlights of the International Literature Festival Dublin will be a celebration of the words of Ireland's great national poet, WB Yeats.

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'Bodies That Can Never Tire' is a unique celebration of the legacy of Ireland’s great national poet.

International Literature Festival Dublin launch
International Literature Festival Dublin launch

The event, held on Friday 22nd May, will enchant the beautiful surrounds of Smock Alley Theatre, with proceeds from the event in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Featuring acclaimed actors Clark Middleton (Birdman, Kill Bill) Séan Doyle (Fair City), Aoife Duffin (What Richard Did, Moone Boy), Aoibhin Garrihy (Fair City, The Fall), Lorcan Cranitch (King Lear, The Dead at the Abbey) and Maeve Fitzgerald (Pride and Prejudice at the Gate), in a specially commissioned piece interwoven with music, poetry and spoken word.

Contributors to the evening also include Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire) Patrick McCabe (shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize, for The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto and Katie Donovan (Rootling: New & Selected Poems).

“That he follow with desire Bodies that can never tire”

International Literature Festival Dublin launch
International Literature Festival Dublin launch

In WB Yeats’ great play, An Baile Strand, Cuchulainn is asked to take an oath to defend the country. Against his will he agrees and sings the oath, including the lines above. Being half man, half god, Cuchulainn himself is a ‘body that can never tire’, but in these lines Yeats focuses on the artist’s inner drive to satisfy dreams, visions and supernatural impulses. These ‘bodies that can never tire’ are different for everybody and fuel ambition, obsession and revolution. They are central to artistic creation.

International Literature Festival Dublin features over 90 events in 19 venues over 9 days.

Now in it’s 17th year the Festival has grown to become one of the most prestigious events in Ireland’s literary calendar, situated in a city famed for celebrating both writers and readers.

This year attendees include Irvine Welsh, Jon Ronson, Paul Muldoon, Anne Enright, Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Applebaum, Elif Shafak and Oliver Jeffers.

ILF Dublin is a Dublin City Council initiative with funding support from The Arts Council.

Bodies That Can Never Tire, a 150 year celebration of WB Yeats, will take place on Friday May 22 at Smock Alley Theatre,  Dublin 8, at 6pm, tickets €15, €12.50. Available online here.

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