Tuesday, 12 April 2016

'Yeats and the West' public lecture by Adrian Frazier


A Disturbing Influence: Maud Gonne in the life of W.B. Yeats
 Adrian Frazier, NUI Galway
Public Talk  - Free Entry
6pm Thursday 14 April
This talk is an incendiary look at an incendiary relationship: that of Maud Gonne and W.B. Yeats. Using never before unearthed material it takes us inside a troubled and troubling connection made from politics, personality, poetry, magic, deceit, and love.
Adrian Frazier
Maud Gonne
A native of St Louis, Missouri, Professor Adrian Frazier (NUI Galway) pursued his fascination with Irish literature and theatre to the west of Ireland, and now lives in Galway. He is the author of Behind the Scenes: Yeats, Horniman, and the Struggle for the Abbey Theatre (Berkeley: University of California 1990), an acclaimed biography of the Irish novelist and memoirist George Moore and his cultural milieu, George Moore, 1852-1933(New Haven: Yale UP 2000) and Hollywood Irish: John Ford, Abbey Actors, and the Irish Revival in Hollywoood (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2011). His most recent book is an illustrated pen portrait of artist and sculptor John Behan entitled John Behan: The Bull from Sherriff Street (Lilliput Press 2015). His new book is a joint biography of W.B.Yeats, Maud Gonne, and her lover the French political activist Lucien Millevoye, recasting completely our view of the personalities and politics of this incendiary love triangle. 


Last week the first lecture in the weekly series was delivered by exhibition curator, Dr. Adrian Paterson of the School of English, NUI Galway. The audience were brought on a journey through the world of Yeats' Innisfree and what that place meant to the young Yeats as well as how it stayed as a place of refuge and inspiration for Yeats throughout his life.

The 'Yeats and the West' exhibition joins the Model Gallery, Sligo following its initial run at the Hardiman Building of NUI Galway. The exhibition was officially launched in Sligo by Professor Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway. Speakers on the evening of the launch also included Donal Tinney, Chair of the Board of the Model Gallery, Adrian Paterson, NUIG and Senator Susan O'Keefe, Chair of the Yeats150 programme.

Prof. Jim Browne, Dr. Adrian Paterson, Susan O'Keefe, Donal Tinney, Barry Houlihan, John Cox, pictured at the launch of Yeats and the West exhibition at the Model Gallery, Sligo.


All upcoming events at the Model Gallery for Yeats and the West can be seen here:


For full details on the exhibition please visit http://yeatsandthewest.org/

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