Professor Gerry Smyth is to launch three new projects in the fields of Irish music and theatre over the next six months.

His new album of settings of lyrics by W. B. Yeats, Words for Music, Perhaps, will be launched at the Liverpool Irish Festival in October.

Professor Smyth will also travel to the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin this month for the launch of a book entitled Music Preferred: Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis, in which he has a chapter on ‘Moore, Wagner, Joyce: Evelyn Innes and the Irish Wagnerian Novel’. The book honours the distinguished Irish musicologist Harry White on his sixtieth birthday.

In July, five members of Professor Smyth’s Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre company are due to travel to Nijmegen in the Netherlands for a rehearsed reading of a new play at the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature.