Ambassador will lead 150th anniversary celebrations for W.B Yeats in Luton
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Ambassador will lead 150th anniversary celebrations for W.B Yeats in Luton

Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall will lead the 150th anniversary commemorations of the birth of W.B Yeats at the Luton Irish Forum this summer.

The Irish poet, who died in 1939, is regarded as one of the most notable figures in modern literature and this year will see a wide array of celebrations marking his life-time achievements.

Mr Mulhall will speak about Yeats’ literary accomplishments on the night, in particular about the evolution of his work from the melodic lyrics of the 1880s and 1890s, for which he is widely renowned.

In addition, he will reflect on Yeats’ modern poems, written during the final years of his life, and on his role as a powerful cultural link between Britain and Ireland today.

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Tom Scanlon, Chair of Luton Irish Forum, said: “We are honoured and delighted that the Irish Ambassador to Britain Mr Dan Mulhall has agreed to commemorate with us the life and works of this great poet and scholar at the Luton Irish Forum.”

The event, which will be hosted at LIF's Hitchin Road venue on July 14 from 7.30-9.30pm, will also include a multimedia display of Yeats inspired work from the pupils of Cardinal Newman School and local community members.

Attendance is free but advanced booking is essential. Tickets can be booked here or by emailing [email protected] or calling 01582 720 447