Creative Cricklewood and London Irish Centre host WB Yeats event

Work in progress: a painting of WB Yeats that Creative Cricklewood member Pat Bonner will display at the event. All members are invited to take part

Work in progress: WB Yeats canvas that CC member Pat Bonner will display the Irish Centre in Camden, August 20th. All CC members are invited to contribute to the event.

Creative Cricklewood is hosting an event at the London Irish Centre as part of the #Yeats2015 celebration, the 150th birth anniversary of WB Yeats.

The event is being organised by Chair of Creative Cricklewood, Orna Ross, in partnership with The London Irish Centre, which will be the venue for the evening.

Performers include award-winning Jazz vocalist Christine Toibin; Damien Brennan, Immediate Past President of Yeats Society; Aisling Fahy, Young Poet Laureate to London; Irish Senator Susan O’Keeffe, Chair of Yeats2015, a year-long national and international celebration of WB Yeats and Daniel Mulhall, UK Irish Ambassador. Also a film-poem produced by Shevaun Wilder for #Yeats2015, featuring actor Michael Gambon. and a recording of WB Yeats himself reading “Inishfree”.

There will also be poetry gifts: “Poems on the Underground” posters and free ebooks of Orna Ross’s Yeats novel, “Her Secret Rose” for the first 100 tickets sold.

It promises to be an unforgettable night, fusing poetry, music and magic.

Members of Creative Cricklewood are invited to show their art and provide interval and post-show entertainment.

Do join us.

Tickets to attend: £8 in advance, £10 on door. Those contributing to the event: Free

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Event To Celebrate WB Yeats’s Poetry in Aid of Creative Cricklewood and Friends of Cricklewood Library


As part of the #Yeats2015 celebration, the Irish community in London will gather at the London Irish Centre in Camden on August 20th 2015, to celebrate theDominic West poetry of WB Yeats and raise funds for Creative Cricklewood (CC) and Friends of Cricklewood Library (FOCL).

The theme of the event, brainchild of CC Chair, Orna Ross will centre on the question of what it means to be Irish, especially when one lives away from Ireland.

 “I Am Of Ireland” is being organised by Orna Ross in partnership with Gary Dunne, Arts Officer at The London Irish Centre, which will be the venue for the evening, and with some support from the Irish Minister for Diaspora Affairs, who will also take part in the event.

It will feature performances by writers, artists and musicians whose life or work has been inspired by Yeats’s poetry. Confirmed readers in addition to the Minister are Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK and actor Dominic West.

Yeats was a long-time Londoner and, more than any other writer, established the idea of Ireland as a spirit, an internal condition, an imaginative space. 

Our event will celebrate that concept and, true to the complexity of the poetry, include a wide variety of responses to what it means to be “of Ireland”.

Creative Cricklewood and Friends of Cricklewood Library will display their work in the lobby, for the audience to peruse during the interval.