The Hopkins Festival is now 25 years in existence and has been described by The Editor, The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature as ' the best literary Festival in Ireland'.
Our next gathering will be in Newbridge College, July 19 to 26 and promises to be outstanding -
arguably our best to date.
There is still time to book for Hopkins 2013 but the Keadeen Hotel is now booked out. Check out our suggestions for your accommodation here. Register now for the Hopkins Festival using Credit Cards of Paypal, at our Secure Registration Page here . Details of Registration Costs here
We begin with a Concert on Friday 19th by the remarkable Swedish pianist, Hans Palsson. Palsson was recently awarded the Gold Medal of The Swedish Academy - described as ‘The Nobel prize for Music’ and presented by King Gustaf -for his achievements as a performer internationally where he enjoys a reputation as one of the great living pianists. More about Hans Palsson Concert.
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The Opening Reception and Ceremony will take place on Saturday July 20 at 3 pm at Newbridge College. Dominick Chilcott UK Ambassador will open the Festival .
The Group Visual Art Exhibition will also be opened. This year it will feature work by Charles Cullen, James McKenna, John Behan, Benedict Byrne and others.
A stellar list of Lecturers includes James Mackey, who will deliver the Keynote Address; Robert Smart and Richard Murphy from USA; Duc Dau - a Hopkins scholar from Australia; Thomas Berenato; Patrick Murray; Miho Takahashi (Japan); William Adamson (Germany); leading Portuguese scholar, Amador Frias Martins; Kevin Mc Eneaney (USA); Francis Fennell noted Hopkins scholar from Chicago, Michael Raiger; Courtney Dombroski... and others. Special events will include a talk by Graphologist Denis Sexton on Hopkins's handwriting; and an illustrated talk on the landscape of Hopkins's Ireland by naturalist Michael Jacob.
There will be a Concert of Irish Music by Frankie Gavin, with some vocals by Michele Lally of De
When: Tuesday July 23rd. 2013 evening at 20.00 hours
Where: College Theatre.
Further Irish Music will be provided during the week by Diarmuid Johnson (Poland), Kildare Uileann
piper, Tom Poole and Conor Mahony on the guitar.
One of the highlights will undoubtedly be the Architecture Forum when Shelley McNamara, recent winner of an Internationall Award at the Venice Biennale will give an illustrated lecture.
Poets will include Rainer Schuttler (Germany), Donald Gardner (The Netherlands), Shizue Ogawa (Japan); Jean Luc Havard (France); painter Michael Kane (and Prose and Film-
script writer), Niall Donnelly and Desmond Egan.
There will be Field Trips to Great Connell Abbey and our visit to Maynooth College will also feature the annual Hopkins Banquet, one of the highlights of a very busy week.
Thomas Kinsella at Hopkins Festival 2012.
Listen to Festival Artistic Director, Desmond Egan, reading PEACE on YouTube
If you plan on being in Dublin in late
June 2013, you might like to
check out this great Bloomsbury
Celebration run by Liz
What makes this programme unique for me is that Liz is hosting the
Festival in her magnificent home at Martello Tce, Bray, Co.
Wicklow. This historic house, built in 1860 with delightful Regency
style balcony with its
decorative geometric Chinoiserie railings isd a unique venue for
a James Joyce event - Joyce himself lived
in this property between 1887 and 1891. I just love visiting
interesting old houses, so I think it is wonderful that Liz will invite
her guests into this lovely venue. (The Programme looks equally
Dates : Saturday June 15 - Friday 21st June. More info on this exciting Bloomsbury Celebration here.