2013 pics below!
Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Breastplate of Saint Patrick (Kevin McEneaney)
The Poet as Prophet (James Mackey)
State of Church of England when Hopkins left it (Douglas Grandgeorge)
Influence of Coleridge, Newman and Romantic Poetics on Hopkins (Michael Raiger)
Hart Crane and Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Robert Smart)
Robert Bridges and Gerard Hopkins (William Adamson)
Love in Writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins here (Duc Dau)
The Hopkins Festival is now 26 years in existence. The Festival has been described by The Editor, The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature as ' the best literary Festival in Ireland'. Music, poetry, visual arts, field trips, nightly Festival Club and more ...
Our next gathering will be in Newbridge College, July 2014 and promises to be outstanding -
arguably our best to date.
Download Hopkins Festival Programme 2013 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.
Opening Reception and Ceremony took place on Saturday July 20 at 3 pm at Newbridge College.
HE Dominick Chilcott UK Ambassador with his wonderful wife, Jane, opened the Festival . The Ambassador and Jane delighted the assembly with wonderful readings of Hopkins poems to get everybody in the right mood!
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.
One of the highlights will undoubtedly be the Architecture Forum when Shelley McNamara, recent winner of an International 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.