STUDENTS at St Conleth’s Community College experienced a rare treat on April 18 when internationally renowned poet, Desmond Egan, visited the school.
Students participated in a poetry workshop in preparation for the upcoming “Culture Factory” poetry competition and anthology.
Desmond talked to the students about the Hopkins Youth Programme which covers not only poetry but a whole range of artistic activities of interest to young people.
A highlight of this year’s programme is a series of student workshops on poetry from the 2013 Leaving Certificate English course including a specific exploration of the work of Hopkins.
Other activities include workshops on “words and music,” creative writing and performance, art and film production. Participants also get the opportunity to meet with an array of international writers attending the Gerard Manley Hopkins festival.
“The students of St Conleth’s thoroughly enjoyed Desmond’s visit and are writing poetry with renewed enthusiasm,” said school PRO Joe Doyle. “Desmond presented a book of his poetry to the group, along with a signed copy of one of his poems, both of which are proudly displayed in the school’s reading room.
Desmond spoke to the students about his career, his poetry and also gave them tips and advice which he hadn’t been given when he started writing.”
Desmond founded the Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival to celebrate the life, work and interests of the great Victorian poet 25 yeas ago.
Visitors from over 20 countries now attend the festival and this year’s event hosts a stellar line-up including poet, Thomas Kinsella, pianist Hans Palsson and musician Frankie Gavin.