As Ireland prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats on June 13, RTÉ will feature a range of programming to celebrate the life of the poet.

The Yeats 2015 initiative will present a local, national and international series of exhibitions, performances, educational events, festivals, concerts, readings, talks and screenings.

Arena, RTÉ Radio 1’s nightly arts programme, will feature Yeats across the week. On the Arena/Yeats 2015 Special (Friday June 12) Paula Meehan, Michael Longley and Harry Clifton will discuss the poet’s work.

RTÉ Radio 1 will also air a specially commissioned four-part series on Yeats in the autumn, while RTÉ lyric fm will also have Yeats-related material in August and in the autumn.

On Wednesday June 10 at 7pm, Eileen Magnier will present a special Nationwide programme from Sligo. RTÉ News across television, radio, online and mobile will report on the Yeats 2015 celebrations.

Maurice Sweeney’s documentary WB Yeats: No Country for Old Men (Monday June 8, 11.15pm, RTÉ One) concentrates on the late poems and the themes that inspired Yeats as an ageing man.