Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, located at One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue), will host several special events in April, including a reading by the prize-winning Northern Irish poet Michael Longley on April 6. Admission to events is free for members and those with an NYU I.D. card; for all others, $10; $15, for the Blarney Star Concert Series. To ensure a seat or for information call 212.998.3950.
A schedule of events follows:
Fri., Apr. 1, 9 p.m. Blarney Star Concert Series: Waterford native David Power is a magnificent uilleann piper worthy of mention in the same breath as legendary masters Leo Rowsome and Liam O’Flynn. This concert will celebrate the release of his much anticipated solo recording on the Claddagh label.
Wed., Apr. 6, 7 p.m. Reading: Belfast-born poet Michael Longley reads from his work. A recent collection The Weather in Japan won the Hawthornden Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Belfast Arts Award for Literature. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2001. Note location: NYU Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East.
Thurs., Apr. 7, 7 p.m. Lecture: “‘Altering the Past’: Northern Irish Poetry and Modern Canons” by Edna Longley, critic and author of Multiculturalism: The View from the Two Irelands.
Thurs., Apr. 14, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Darwin and Yeats” by Ronan McDonald, University of Reading. He is the author of Tragedy and Irish Writing: Synge, O’Casey, Beckett.
Sat., Apr. 16, 10a.m.-5 p.m. Day-long special program: “A Taste of the Yeats School.” Participants include Declan Kiely, Ronan McDonald, Ben Levitas, Vincent Dowling, and Michael Keohane, president of the Yeats Society, Sligo. Visit www.yeatssociety.org for further details.
Thurs., Apr. 21, 7 p.m. Reading: novelist Regina McBride reads from her work. Author of the acclaimed The Nature of Water and Air and The Land of Women, she has set her most recent work The Marriage Bed in early 20th-century Ireland.
Thurs., Apr. 28, 7 p.m. Airneál na Bealtaine: an evening of traditional music and song with NYU students and local musicians to celebrate the beginning of the Celtic summer with Irish Language lecturer Pádraig O’Cearúill.