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July 20, 2007

This week in Monasterevin - The best literary festival in Ireland


The 20th International Hopkins Festival promises to be the best yet.

Internationally, it will offer its widest range of visitors with 24 countries represented from Japan to Slovenia, Russia to Sardinia.

Best also in its range of activities:

Our Art Exhibitions are a special feature and this year will include works by Brian Bourke, John Behan, Edward Navone (USA), and others. 

The Classical Music Concert will take place in Moore Abbey and feature the piano of John McCormack.

The Traditional Irish Evening this year will feature a group led by exciting new talent, Malachy Bourke.

We are the only Summer School to offer a specially tailored Youth Programme geared to students. Some scholarships are still available. Apply immediately.

A special feature of the Hopkins Festival is its emphasis on Workshops in the area of Creative Writing, Writing Songs and Music and Translation. Each activity is led by noted experts in the field. Early application advised.

Lectures by internationally acclaimed speakers including Ian Ker (Oxford), Aleksandra Kedzierska (Poland), Lucas Carpenter (USA)  etc.

Poetry Readings include noted writers from around Europe and some leading Irish namessâ?

There will be Field Trips to Newbridge, Dublin and Maynooth University.

One of the highlights will be the presentation of the O’Connor Literary Award to Japanese scholar, Hikaru Kitabayashi. This will take place at a special celebratory Banquet hosted by Newbridge Silverware.

Add to all the above the Festival Club every evening with performances, plenty of singing  and the opportunity to get to know other participants over
a convivial drink or two.

The Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival is unique both for the quality of its participants over a wide range of activities – and for its special atmosphere
in the context of the  beautiful small Irish town which the great English poet, Hopkins (1844 – 1849) described as "one of the props and struts of
my existence".

Download the 2007 Programme