Hopkins International Literary Festival 2016
July 23 – 29th



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Hopkins International Literary Festival
July 23 – 29th 2016

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.

Programme details available soon - meanwhile, you might like to brownse our Hopkins Archive or read through Past Festival Programmes downloadable here

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 the 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

Saturday. 23rd,8 pm Newbridge College Theatre, recital by legendary Swedish pianist Hans Palsson who will play Beethoven, Appassionata Sonata; Mozart, Sonata in F major KV332; Chopin, 24 Preludes.

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)

Lectures 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

The Gerard Manley Hopkins

28th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL July 24th - 30th 2015

Newbridge College

Gerard Manley Hopkins
his interests
Poetry Painting Music The Arts Philosophy Conservation
and his mentor
John Henry Newman

Glory be to God for dappled things .... GM Hopkins

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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

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

Hans Pålsson ConcertZoë Conway Irish FiddlerCheck out 2015 Lectures Visitor commentsHopkins Festival AwardsMultilingual Translation WorkshopHopkins Festival Youth ProgrammeMemory TreeExplore the Hopkins Archive