Source : Times of India
The Yeats Society in Sligo, Ireland was started in 1960 in honour of William Butler Yeats, 21 years after the poet’s death. But with the Coronavirus pandemic affecting the livelihoods of people across the world, the Yeats Society in Sligo has now launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise €100,000 (INR 88,89,767.74) by August 2021 in order to survive.
“Over 100 years of Yeats’ literary legacy is under threat. We must raise €100,000 by August to Save Yeats Society Sligo. Yeats Society Sligo’s income has taken an unprecedented hit during the pandemic. Our centre was forced to close its doors and while we had reserves to see us through one year of closures, we now urgently need to raise €100,000 in the next two months to remain open. Your gift to our urgent crowdfunder can keep Yeats’ spirit alive for future generations,” reads a statement on Yeats Society’s website.
Before the Covid pandemic, the Yeats Society was running its international summer school which brought writers, enthusiasts and experts from across the globe to Sligo. In fact, it is said to be one of the longest running literary schools in the world. But the building was forced to shut for visitors and the course too was cancelled at Yeats Summer School in 2020.
Through the crowdfunding, they have raised over €40,000 out of €100,000 so far. “The €100k will keep the Society running from October 2021 to December 2022, and covers our core costs: heating, light, insurance, maintenance and key staff – just about! During that time, we will be working to enhance visitors’ first-hand experience of Sligo and the centre – masterclasses, poetry afternoon teas, poetry weddings, classes for primary school children and bespoke weekend tours. And we want to begin planning for the centenary of Yeats’ Nobel Prize in 1923,” reads a statement on their website.
The Yeats Building holds a huge collection of books and archive material which is available for research. The Hyde Bridge, a contemporary art gallery, is also run by the Yeats society.