Live-stream | "Ireland's Interpreter" and "Europe's Welcome": W.B. Yeats and the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1923.
- Irish Sign Language Interpreted
If you can't join us in person, the lecture will be live-streamed.
To mark the birth of William Butler Yeats on 13 June 1865, Professor Margaret Kelleher Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College Dublin will deliver this year’s Joseph Hassett Yeats lecture.
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.