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Yeats Nobel Centenary video series

A collaboration between the National Library of Ireland and Seanad Éireann

Tuesday, 14 November 2023
Yeats Nobel Centenary Video Series

Seanad Éireann and National Library of Ireland launch video series to mark 100th anniversary of WB Yeats’ Nobel Prize in Literature.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) and  Seanad Éireann have launched a video series to mark 100 years since the award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to WB Yeats. The poet and dramatist, who was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1922 to 1928, received notice of the award on November 14th 1923. 

A collaboration between Seanad Éireann and the NLI, the ‘Yeats Nobel Centenary’ series is a collection of 12 short videos featuring readings of a selection of Yeats’ poems and excerpts from his Seanad speeches.

Readers include current and former senators, past winners of the NLI’s Poetry Aloud poetry speaking competition for schools, WB Yeats’ granddaughter Caitriona Yeats, and others across the cultural spectrum with a link to WB Yeats. Featured pieces include Yeats' Seanad debates about Irish manuscripts and divorce, as well as readings of his poems. 

The videos will be published online via NLI and Oireachtas social media channels and will be broadcast on Oireachtas Television, with the first video releasing on November 14th. The videos will be published in the chronological order of publication date with the exception of Caitriona Yeats' reading of  The Song of Wandering Aengus (1897)  which will close out the series on December 10th, the centenary anniversary of the Nobel Prize Award ceremony.

For more details see press release.

To view the published videos online directly, please see reading list below.

Yeats Nobel Centenary Video Playlist