A Whole Day’s Dreaming: Yeats, the Thames, and Poetry

A Whole Day’s Dreaming: Yeats, the Thames, and Poetry

The Thames has long had a magnetic attraction for writers and artists but for Nobel-Prize-winning poet WB Yeats, growing up in nearby Bedford Park, the riverbanks between Chiswick Pier & Hammersmith were a vital resource: both a place to meet influential and inspirational people, and the source of one of the world’s best-loved poems of longing, The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Chiswick poets Cahal Dallat and Anne-Marie Fyfe, both from Ireland’s Glens of Antrim, conjure up for us, through talk, excerpts from the young WB Yeats’s poems & letters, and a little music, Yeats’s late-19th-century Thames-side circle of poets, painters, playwrights, political thinkers and small-press publishers, and the natural riverbank world of willows, osiers, & water lapping with low sounds by the shore.

Founder/organiser of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project, poet and musician Cahal Dallat has lectured widely on Yeats’s London years. His latest poetry collection is The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff Press): next collection due from Salmon Poetry, spring 2021. A regular BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review contributor since 1998, he won the 2017 Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry, was 2017 centenary poet/musician-in-residence for Cornwall’s Charles Causley Trust, 2018 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellow at University of Texas, and jointly, with Anne-Marie Fyfe, 2019 Lenoir Rhyne University writer-in-residence in North Carolina.

Anne-Marie Fyfe has published 5 collections of poetry and a literary/travel-memoir, No Far Shore, Charting Unknown Waters (Seren Books, 2019), the story of an18-month coastal quest in the US, Canada, Ireland & Britain; has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings & classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour in Earls Court, since 1997; is Poetry Co-ordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Ireland, and is former chair of Britain’s national Poetry Society.


Feb 25 2020


7:30 pm


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A Whole Day’s Dreaming: Yeats, the Thames, and Poetry