Schoolchildren Celebrate Poetic Magic for Yeats2015

Martin Enright, President of the Yeats Society, Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London, Senator Susan O Keefe, Chair of Yeats2015 and Mary Hough, Director, Sligo Education Centre are joined by the Sligo competition winners: from left Sarra Mc Kirdy, Ransboro NS, Alannah Mc Allister, St Lassara’s NS, Ballinacarrow,  Aine Devaney, St Patrick’s NS  Calry, Oran Hughes, Chriost Ri NS, Enniscrone

Martin Enright, President of the Yeats Society, Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London, Senator Susan O Keefe, Chair of Yeats2015 and Mary Hough, Director, Sligo Education Centre are joined by the Sligo competition winners: from left Sarra Mc Kirdy, Ransboro NS, Alannah Mc Allister, St Lassara’s NS, Ballinacarrow, Aine Devaney, St Patrick’s NS Calry, Oran Hughes, Chriost Ri NS, Enniscrone

“The Magic Within”, a key publication of the Yeats2015 programme, was recently launched as part of the national and international celebration of Yeats Day, on the 13th of June.

The book stems from the “Yeats Among Schoolchildren”  project and competition, which offered schoolchildren all around the country the opportunity to submit their interpretation of a Yeats poem.  The project opened early in 2015 and was coordinated by Sligo Education Centre on behalf of the Education Centre Network nationally. 

Speaking about the “Yeats Among Schoolchildren project , Mary Hough, Director of Sligo Education Centre, commented that, “the purpose of the project  was to raise awareness and appreciation of W. B. Yeats’ poetry  amongst children and their communities.  Yeats is one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures and, as such, plays a hugely important role in education for all age-groups, but most importantly, our young people.  The Yeats2015 celebration offered a very timely moment to run such a project in recognition of this fact”.

The project also enabled children to understand the language and imagery used in Yeats’ poetry, as well as encouraging pupils to use visual arts and literacy to express their reaction to, and understanding of W. B. Yeats.  Over 100.000 primary pupils engaged in the project through their local schools and  Education Centres.  Illustrations were received from four separate age groups and winning entries received a Certificate of Achievement as well as a €50 prize. The winning entries from each Education Centre were then compiled and published in “The Magic Within”.

“The Magic Within” was published by the Association of Teachers /Education Centres in Ireland and  Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership.  It will be distributed to all primary schools and libraries nationwide.   This project was supported by Yeats2015, the Department of Education and Skills  and The Association of Teachers’/Education Centres in Ireland .

 

Notes to the Editor:

Yeats 2015 is the first international celebration of an Irish literary icon.  It forms part of the decade of commemoration and will celebrate Ireland, nationally and internationally, through the prism of one of its foremost literary figures.

Officially launched in December 2014, Yeats 2015 spans a bold and varied programme of events encompassing cultural, academic, musical, theatrical and other performance events.  Yeats 2015 is chaired by Senator Susan O’Keeffe and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DAHG) as part of the official Decade of Commemorations.  Yeats 2015 is administered by the Western Development Commission (WDC).

Enquiries to: Olwen Dawe, Project Manager Yeats 2015, Olwen@Yeats2015.com