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Friday, April 13, 2012

International Christian University to celebrate famed Irish poet Yeats

Staff writer

In 1923, the newly independent nation of Ireland won the Nobel Prize in Literature. It was not awarded to James Joyce, the country's most famous author, but to the poet William Butler Yeats, one of the pillars of 20th century English poetry.

The International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka, Tokyo, plans to celebrate the writer in a series of events taking place on its campus throughout April.

Peter McDonald, an author of several books about Yeats and an avid poet himself, is at the center of most of these events and will deliver remarks at an opening ceremony on April 11 at 1:30 p.m. The main activities will include an open lecture by MacDonald on April 12 from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Alumni House, and an evening of poetry and music at the Dialogue House on April 13 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The events will be rounded off with a visit from John Neary, Ireland's ambassador to Japan, on April 26 at the campus' International Conference Room.

For more information on the schedule of events, visit www.icu.ac.jp.

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