Delighted to share our knock-out New-Year news, that London Borough of Ealing have just awarded our "total visitor-experience" project £8,000 from their #FutureEaling transformation programme, recognising the Yeats/BedfordPark story's importance for local community and future generations of Nobel-Prize winners(!), for schools with Yeats poetry workbooks, for a smartphone-savvy/device-dependent generation with our Google-directions/poetry-reading/info-talking ten-spot trail of Yeats's "roadways" and his "pavements grey", for London-Irish, migrant and migrant-heritage families in sharing for the first time with London and the wider world via video on social-media platforms, channels etc, , Bedford Park's progressive, egalitarian, multi-cultural heritage and its impact on the world of ideas and – through Yeats – on Irish culture and politics and on English and international literature.
To top off today's excitement, Irish author and Bedford Park resident, Polly Devlin, just pledged another £2,000 (on top of a £3,000 donation to the £135K artwork fund last year) so we've achieved over 61% of our final £24,704 programme cost (mobile-phone trail, school workpacks, lectures, talks, launch event, readings etc) in 3 weeks, with 3 weeks left to Yeats's anniversary, 28th Jan, in which to raise the remaining £9K.
Major thanks due not just to Ealing, and Polly, but to 52 of you donors who've pledged £5K+ since 10th Dec, convincing Ealing of the project's popular support locally and internationally.
And as it's the start of 2022, thanks to all those who contributed £135K between March and July 2021 so that we'll see Conrad Shawcross's dazzling Yeatsian vision, #EnwroughtLight, the literary-landmark centrepiece of the Yeats visitor experience, unveiled by Yeats's 2022 birthday on 13th June.
There's always an ask, of course, so, as we're at the final hurdle on the last lap, if all who've already given (375 of you in the last crowdfund!) and who aren't in the 52 who've pledged in December, could spare another £5 via www.spacehive.com/discover-bedford-park-with-wb-yeats we'd be past the winning post in no time...
...and the next you'd hear from us would be news of our June 2022 unveiling, smartphone-tour "go-live" and major media celebration of Irish literary genius fostered in a fascinatingly out-of-the-ordinary Victorian London suburb!
Many thanks again for all who have helped so far and for those who are about to, thanks in advance!
All best wishes,
The WB Yeats Bedford Park Project
Organiser: Cahal Dallat, Patrons: Rowan Williams (Baron Williams of Oystermouth PC FBA FRSL FLSW), Martin Enright (Former President, The Yeats Society, Sligo), Fergal Keane, Marie Heaney, Ciarán Hinds, Committee: Fr. Kevin Morris (Trustee, Chair), Polly Devlin OBE (Trustee), Cahal Dallat (Trustee, Hon.Sec.), Gerald McGregor (Hon.Treas.), Matthew Fay, Torin Douglas, Hon.Advisor, Shevaun Wilder, Registered Charity:#1172224
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