Hopkins Festival 2016
Friday July 22 - Thursday July 28

Poetry: Visual Arts : Workshops : Fieldtrips : Youth Programme : Friendship


Hopkins International Literary Festival
Friday July 22 – Thursday 28th 2016hopkins_program15

Newbridge College Kildare Ireland

Don’t miss the Hopkins International Literary Festival 2016 , an exciting and inspiring week-long celebration of the writing, interests and philosophy of Gerard Manley Hopkins and of his time in Ireland.

Hopkins wrote many of his best poems here. The Hopkins Festival week celebrates not just Hopkins poetry but also his interest in all the arts.

The Hopkins Festival, founded in 1987, attracts poets, musicians, artists, writers and enthusiastic Hopkins
followers from Ireland and worldwide. Come and enjoy poetry, traditional Irish music and classical music,
visual arts, philosophy and conservation and friendship. Something for everyone. All welcome!

The Hopkins Festival has been described as 'the best Literary Festival in Ireland' (Oxford Companion to Irish Literature)
All are welcome.

Register to-day (using secure Paypal facility) for the full Hopkins International Literary Festival Advance Programme


Friday July 22nd 2016 Gala Opening (admission free: all welcome!)

Hans Pålsson Classical Concert

Saturday July 23 at 20.00 hours in the Theatre Newbridge College

Hans Pålsson Tickets 25 euro available here

Details, programme and tickets all here Dont' delay. Don't risk disappointment!

Maynooth Day:
Maynooth Day Sunday July 24th

Irish Music Concert
Wed. July 27 :  20.00 hours
with Tom Poole Group backed by Conor Mahony and Peter Byrne
Tickets 15 euros


Daniel Westover, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies East Tennessee State University USA        
Brendan Sweetman Rockhurst University Kansas        
Christine Kinealy Quinnipiac University, USA
Eamon Kiernan : Gerard Manley Hopkins - Convervsion       
Michael McGinley : Hopkins and his Dublin Friends       
Goutham Buddha Sural Bankuru University, West Bengal India        
Desmond Egan        
Matthew Travisa Malvern College  Oakland S.A. California  

Sean Bagnal: Gerard Manley Hopkins and Cardinal Newman - the Dublin Connection     
Michael Woods  UK      
Chris Wheatley  Catholic University Washington DC        
Jan Erik Rekdal  Oslo University   Sweden     
Robert Smart  Quinnipiac University USA        
Lance Pierson  Hopkins Society U.K.        
Andrew Delohery  Quinnipiac Unversity  USA
Miho Takahashi Kansai University Japan

Go here for more info on Lectures and Leccturers

Multilingual Translation Workshop Director Diarmuid Johnson

Poem selected for July 2016 Workshop:

God's Grandeur.

Download God's Grandeur here and set to work with your translation!


The World's Charged  ed. Daniel Kirk Westover and William Wright        

Famine, Egan; translated by Bruno Gaurier


Achievement Award: Prof. Philip Nolan President NUIMaynooth        
Newbridge Silver Award Christine Kinealy USA        
Mc Kenna Award: Darmuid Johnson Wales Irish Musician        
Hopkins Society Award:  Seán Dunne Pres. Newbridge Chamber               
O'Connor/ Baroda Cup: Neil  Donnelly Playwright


H.E. Dominick Chilcott Ambassador of U.K. and Mrs. Jane Chilcott


Susanne Ayaoub Austria        
Diana Varela Punal  Spain        
Christopher Green Loyola University Chicago        
Jan Erik Rekdal  Norway        
Shizue Ogawa  Japan        
Daniel Westover, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies East Tennessee State University USA        
Desmond Egan


St. Winefred's Well  Director Lance Pierson London


Poem Selected for translation: God's Grandeur  Download text of God's Grandeur here

ART EXHIBITIONS with leading Irish Artists

Director  Derek Egan

FIELD TRIP        
Leader  Michael Jacob


All welcome. Tickets will be available here, online, on our secure server, when the 2016 Programme is finalized.

Tickets also available at the door during Festival.

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Meanwhile here is a preview of delights in store for visitors to the 2016 Hopkins International Festival

1916 Commemoration

A Drama by playwright Alan O'Neill celebrating the 100th Anniversary Dublin 1916 Rising

Piano Recital Swedish pianist Hans Pålsson

Dramatic presentation: of Hopkins's poem 'St Winefred's Well' produced by Lance Pierson,
Member of the Steering Group of the Hopkins Society in the UK>

(you might enjoy a finetalk on St Winifred's Well delivered by Lance Pierson at the Hopkins Festival 2015)ectures on Hopkins and his world

- including Matthew Travisano; Brendan Sweetman; Daniel Kirk; William Wright; Lance Pierson; Michael McGinley; Will Adamson; Christopher Wheatley and others.

Poetry Readings

including Desmond Egan; Diana Varela Punal; Michael Woods and more.

Hopkins Readings

by H.E. Dominick Chilcott Ambassador of UK and Jane Chilcott

Irish Music

- Diarmuid Johnson; Tomás Ó Póill;¸ Conor Mahony.

Visual Art Exhibition

- including Charles Cullen, Brian Bourke, John Behan


- A Day in Maynooth University with Gala Banquet.

Youth programmeYouth Programme

- 16 - 18 yr old students (book early
Contact Youth Programme Director to-day

Visit the Gerard Manley Hopkins Archive

Explore the Gerard Manley Hopkins Archive

Take a look at our exciting programme. If you intend joining us in July, it is still not too late to

Accommodation suggestions available here

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Here is what Fabiance Alborghetti, a Swiss Poet, wrote about the Hopkins Festival:

'Your reputation is excellent and you are considered one of the very best poetry festivals in Europe.'
F Alborghetti, Poet 2015

Download Programmes of Past Hopkins Festivals

Explore downloads of past Hopkins International Literary Festival Programmes here
Here, you will find festival programmes for 2008, 20009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20014 , 2015

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