Come celebrate with us the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ireland’s greatest poet William Butler Yeats At Friday 12th June – Europe House, 124 Rakovski Street, Sofia 1000 at 5pm, with Jack Harte who will talk on: Yeats and Sligo

Jack Harte will simulate a public reading by Yeats, presenting poems that were inspired by the Sligo countryside, its traditions and folklore. Yeats called Sligo ‘the land of heart’s desire’ and his happy memories of his childhood there were to sustain him all his life. In one of his last poems he specifies where he wishes to be buried – where else but ‘under bare Ben Bulben’s head’! Harte was born in Co Sligo and shares enthusiasm for this magical quarter of Ireland.

Jack Harte has been acclaimed as a novelist and short story writer. His stories have been translated into ten languages, including Bulgarian. His novel, In the wake of the Bagger, the first literary work to have been commissioned under the Irish Government’s Per Cent for Art scheme, was nominated as one of the 101 Irish Books you Must Read – and the Irish Independent declared it to be ‘one of the great books about Ireland’.

His second novel, Reflections in a Tar-Barrel, was first published in Bulgaria where it was a major success. Another book, Unravelling the Spiral, is a biography on his cousin and friend, sculptor Fred Conlon. Jack Harte founded the Irish Writers Centre and the Irish Writers Union. His play, ‘Language of the Mute’, which commences a two-week run at the New Theatre, Dublin, on 24 August, will be presented and discussed at the Red House, Sofia, on Thurs 18 June.  Further info:  www.jackharte.com