Newbridge's Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival celebrates 31st anniversary

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Newbridge's Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival celebrates 31st anniversary

Hans Palsson

This year the Gerard Manley Hopkins International Literary Festival celebrates 31 years of active service since 1987.

Preparations are well underway and this year there is a very exciting programme of events lined up.

While the Hopkins Festival follows a familiar format, organisers point out the content is always new.

The festival will be opened by German Ambassador Potzel on Friday, July 20, in Newbridge College Theatre.

Lecturers from Finland, Egypt, Oxford, Luxembourg, Romania, Japan, USA, Germany and Wales — as well as leading Irish poets will attend. A key highlight is the annual piano recital by recently honoured Swedish maestro, Hans Palsson, which is not to be missed.

An International Poetry Reading Event will be held at the Riverbank, Newbridge, featuring poets from Japan, Sweden, Ireland, Romania, India, UK, France and Argentina. This poetry event will feature the legendary Roger McGough, who was voted UK’s most popular poet. As part of the popular Student Programme, this year local students will be joined by 30 students from Germany and USA.

“There is something for everyone at the Hopkins Festival to choose from or dip in and out of. Among them some of the following activities: Visit to Dublin and Maynooth College with Banquet; Writing Workshop in Newbridge Library by Desmond Egan, Internationally recognised poet and scholar of the classics; Whiskey Tasting event; Poetry and much more,” said PRO Cllr Morgan McCabe.

Check out www.gerardmanleyhopkins.
org or find the group on Facebook and You Tube.