The 25th annual Hopkins Festival will take place at Newbridge College from July 21 to 27, to celebrate the writings of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. It will feature a number of of distinguished international scholars, three of whom are past pupils of Newbridge College.
Dr Aiden Gregg, Southampton University, is a past pupil of Newbridge College who graduated from Trinity and received a scholarship to Yale University, U.S.A, where he got his doctorate. He was a top chess player at the age of 16 and was the only one of 19 Irish players to draw with Russian ex world chess champion Boris Spassky. He will present a paper entitled ‘Hopkins: a Psychologist’s View’. Aiden is the son of Frank and the late Margaret Gregg.
Frank is well known to Newbridge audiences for his performances with Newbridge Drama Group and the Parish Choir.
Dr Geraldine Parsons, University of Glasgow, a fellow of Cambridge and specialist in the literature and language of medieval Ireland and Gaelic-speaking Scotland, will present ‘Newman and the idea of Celtic Studies’.
Her sister Dr Deirdre Serjeantson from the University of Essex, will speak on ‘Hopkins and the Jesuit sonnet tradition’
Deirdre and Geraldine are daughters of Mrs Mary Parsons, Newbridge and the late Lt. Col. Denis J. Parsons. Mary is well known to students of the nursing programmes she established for Kildare V.E.C. from 1992.
These three lectures all take place on Wednesday 25 July.
The Festival will feature renowned Swedish pianist Hans Palsson in concert on Saturday July 21 and Frankie Gavin (De Danann) and Michelle Lally perform on the Irish night on Tuesday 24 in Newbridge College Theatre at 8pm.