On our new venue, Newbridge College: The Newbridge College venue was much better than the old venues SO Japan 'A small echo from our first successful week in Newbridge! ' BG France
'This was a most a wonderful festival with Gerard Manley Hopkins' poetry and I enjoyed every minute of it, it was well organized and highly interesting. ' J. V, Poet, Finland
'dizzyingly delightful ' Paul Andrews S.J.
''As Kingfishers catch fire ... '
Thanks, too, for a great Hopkins week and for all the work and effort you both put into it. The new venue was a huge improvement, and Newbridge is certainly a step (or two) up from Monasterevin. The week was a great success, and I was very pleased with the Youth Programme. W A (Germany)
'It was all most enlivening visit to the Hopkins Summer School. It was all most interesting, informative, stimulating and amusing' . Peter Costello, Writer
.. . I had one of the best times of my life at the Festival. Thank you and your husband so much for inviting me. It was also great to have a face from home there in David Axelrod. I can hardly wait until next year -- especially since one of my best friends plans to come -- L.C. (NY)
What an absolutely wonderful week I and Aileen just had. You are the best! DA (NY) ' one of the high points of the literary scene in Ireland' - A D., 22 July 2007. 'I enjoyed the Festival very much and I applaud you and your crew for all the wonderful work you do. - P.S.(Chicago)
'I really enjoyed participating in the Youth Programme and learned quite a bit during my week which went by far too quickly. The Multilingual Translation Workshop was particularly interesting. I'd never have considered attempting to translate a poem before then. Also, the opportunity for students to get feedback on their work from the International panel present was very much appreciated. - C.C.(Ireland)
I'll be telling all my fellow students at Maynooth about my experience, so expect an avalanche of applications next year.! Catherine Conlon.'. a most interesting and enjoyable experience. As a student of English in NUI Maynooth, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event. I found speaking with the distinguished panel of writers and poets that ahd assembled there be most a fascinating experience. CMcC (Ireland) on The Youth Programme
' I have never attended a better run and more enjoyable event' - D. A. (New York, 2007)
'Attending the Hopkins Festival was truly one of the most wonderful academic experiences of my life. Terry too loved the trip and would love to visit again.' PK, Ohio 2008
Bhí an cheardlann go han-mhaith! -
S.C. Ireland - commenting on the Multilingual Translation Workshop.
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Each year, last week in July since 1987, the Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival has taken place during the last week of July, every year since 1987. Read what some of our visitors thought of the experience. Internationally renowned scholar and critic, Hugh Kenner, had this to say about the Summer School.
'The Hopkins Summer School is a major part of the process of keeping Hopkins re-invented.' Hugh Kenner, Athens University', Georgia, USA
To attend the Hopkins Festival is not like visiting another country but another world, where seriousness and gaiety go hand in hand in that uniquely Irish way. Within hours of arriving at Monasterevin, complete strangers are old friends. The poems are beautiful, the Guinness flows. There is music and laughter. Go! Roger McGough, Poet, (2001) Poet, England
Perfect. Just perfect. - B.R.G. France
'An extraordinarily rich experience- E.H. Nebraska, USA
'The Hopkins Summer School offers a grand opportunity for fellowship and exchange of knowledgeA.M. Athens, Greece
'Nothing but enjoyment. ' Z.T. Beijing, China
It was very inspiring. E.W. Lublin, Poland
' . . varied and wonderful'. J.T. Geneva, Switzerland
'Interdisciplinary cross-fertilization of scholarship, music, art, and poetry.' H. K. Osaka, Japan
'Well organized with plenty of varied activities.' J.C. California, USA
'I liked best the high level of the Festival.' E.C. Croatia
'What i liked best was the variety of events.' W.A. Chester, UK
'The Festival was very well organised' - A.S. Russia
'The Hopkins Summer School surprizes us with its ever greater variety.' I.B. Czech Republi
Complete strangers are old friends . . music and laughter. Go! M.K. Turin, Italy
Excellently organised! A-M. B. Nantes, France
Everything was excellently organised. E. C. (2001) Croatia
I have to say it was the best-organised festival I have ever participated in. Anatoly Kudrasvitsky, Poet, Moscow, Russia
Everything was just perfect. I enjoyed all the arts, poetry, music, dancing, lectures and the Multi-lingual Translation Workshop. The most wonderful thing was the presence of participants on the Youth Programme. S.O. (Japan) .