Arise and Go Now: A Literary Tour of Ireland
“I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.” (W.B. Yeats)
Ireland has a long and wonderfully rich literary tradition – anonymous Celtic sagas, the writings of early Christian scribes, the struggles to hold on to a distinctively Irish literature in the face of English oppression, tales of famine and emigration, the exciting modernism of Joyce and Beckett, and so much else. The Irish, throughout history, have had a fascinating way with words! Irish writers have had a strong sense of place – seeing those places greatly enriches an understanding of their works.
Susannah takes you in the footsteps of many famous Irish wordsmiths – explore the Narnia landscapes so memorably captured by C.S. Lewis, visit St Patrick’s Cathedral where Jonathan Swift was once Dean, walk in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde through the glorious Georgian city of Dublin, and ‘arise and go’ to Yeats country in and around Sligo. James Joyce once claimed that if the city of Dublin were ever destroyed, it could be rebuilt using his novel Ulysses – this tour will visit the tower, shops, pubs and streets he immortalised.
Gain a vivid sense of George Bernard Shaw’s early struggles at his birthplace, admire Patrick Kavanagh’s statue commemorating his poem Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin, see where the famous Brontë family had its Irish origins, and view rare Oliver Goldsmith manuscripts and books in libraries. There will even be places with Jane Austen connections, although she herself never visited Ireland. The tour offers literary walks such as one centred around Angela’s Ashes in Limerick, literary dining in castles, pubs and restaurants patronised by famous writers, and rich literary learning with talks, poetry readings and song.
There will be magical Irish landscapes to explore, from the Giants Causeway, to one of the Aran Islands, lively Galway and its harbour, the rugged landscapes of Game of Thrones, and quaint Irish villages.
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