Thread Song commemorates the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning poet, William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.
Work in Thread Song has been made in response to the life and/or poetry of W.B. Yeats. Yeats was greatly inspired by the Irish landscape, as is evident in his work. The artists were asked to respond to The Song of Wandering Aengus. This poem, which first appeared in 1899 in a collection of over 30 poems entitled The Wind Among the Reeds is a wonderful example of the rich visual and textural possibilities of Yeats’ poetry. The collection was published at a time of cultural innovation in Europe when writers and musicians were becoming more aware of the traditional oral culture of their native lands, helping to further develop and drive the cultural innovation in Europe.
Work in this exhibition is a celebration of Ireland, through the prism of one of its most renowned literary icons. Featured artists include Frances Crowe, Patricia Cox, Frances Leach and Lesley Stothers.
In conjunction with this exhibition, there are textile workshops run by Frances Crowe for Adults and Children on 21 July. Click here for more details.
Frank Golden and Mike Douse, members of The Clare Poetry Collective will perform a lunchtime reading of selected Yeats' Work on Thursday July 20th at 1.15pm.
Mike Douse is a leading Yeats scholar and has, since qualifying as a teacher well over half a century ago, been immersed in education, and has lived and worked all over the world from Nigeria and Wales to Ghana, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Jamaica, Swaziland, and the list goes on. When not travelling for work, Mike lives with his wife Patricia between mid-Wales and Ennis, Co. Clare. Collections by Mike Douse include ‘Gone to Ground’ (2013) and ‘Old Ground’ (2011).
Frank Golden is a Clare-based poet, novelist, and visual artist. He has published five books of poems, the most recent of which was Gotta Get A Message To You (Salmon Publications 2017). His first novel, The Two Women of Aganatz (Wolfhound Press), was described by Carol Coulter in The Irish Times as “uncomfortable, but compellingly and poetically described by a powerful imagination”. 2015 saw his return to the novel with the publication of The Night Game (Salmon Publications) “A challenging, transgressive, and gripping read.” Declan Burke/The Irish Examiner.
Frank Golden is Head of Creative Writing at the Burren College of Art.