In the footsteps of WB Yeats to mark his 150th anniversary
A sequence of events celebrating WB Yeats’ 150th birthday on 13 June and his links with the Bedford Park area of Chiswick, west London will be staged this month. On Wednesday 17 June, journalist, broadcaster and author Fergal Keane will read the poetry of Yeats at St Michael and All Angels parish hall, at an event hosted by poets Anne-Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat, who will explore in a lecture at The Studio in Blenheim Road on Saturday 20 June how Yeats’s Bedford Park neighbours, through pageants and am-dram, inspired the stagecraft that revolutionised 20th century theatre. On Sunday you can take a two-hour stroll with Cahal Dallat along the walks that inspired the young Yeats. The Yeats family lived in Bedford Park twice, and he composed one of his best-known poems, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, there. In 1889 Maud Gonne came to visit, after which Yeats wrote that "the troubling of my life had begun".