The 2023 Joseph Hassett Yeats Lecture
- Irish Sign Language Interpreted
A lecture marking the birth of William Butler Yeats on 13 June 1865 in the NLI Reading Room
**Please note the onsite lecture is now fully booked. Alternatively, you may wish to join us online via the live-stream here.**
In November 1923, via a phone message from the Irish Times, W.B. Yeats received the news of his Nobel Prize in Literature award, conferred in Sweden a month later. In his citation, the Nobel Prize chair described Yeats as 'the interpreter of his country' while Yeats described the prize as 'Europe's welcome to the Free State'. 100 years after this award, the first awarded to an Irish writer, Margaret Kelleher will discuss the significance of Yeats' Nobel Prize, the reactions it generated and its longer-term legacy.
Professor Margaret Kelleher is Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin. She was a fellow at the Cullman Centre at New York Public Library from September 2022 to May 2023, working on a biography of Mary and Padraic Colum. Margaret was the academic lead for University College Dublin in the creation of the Museum of Literature Ireland, a collaboration between UCD and the NLI, and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. She has published widely in the fields of Irish literature and Irish cultural history, and her 2018 book The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth-Century Ireland was awarded the American Conference of Irish Studies' prize for books on Irish language and culture.