Thursday 8 December 2016

We honour Joyce every year - now an anniversary rightly puts the spotlight on 'pilgrim soul' WB Yeats

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

'Yeats produced some of his best work later in life, and in 1923, at the age of 58, he became the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, for his ‘always inspired poetry’'
'Yeats produced some of his best work later in life, and in 1923, at the age of 58, he became the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, for his ‘always inspired poetry’'

Almost 30 years ago, my Mum wrote a book about WB Yeats with her friend Catherine Sweeney. She was shocked at how little my siblings and I knew about Yeats and decided to "fix it" by writing a book for children on the great poet.

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Of the series of books my mother wrote on historical Irish figures - including Jonathan Swift and James Joyce -the Yeats book has always been the most popular.

Every June, Bloomsday sweeps the country, with enthusiasts in boater hats and on bicycles taking over the streets as Joyce is remembered and lauded.

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