Monasterevin Hopkins Society Annual Festival Lectures
July 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Monasterevin Hopkins Society celebrates Gerard Manley Hopkins, his poetry and his unique connection to the community in Monasterevin. They hold a annual festival, and invite you to join them and gain an insight into the community and location that he referred to as “one of the props and struts of my existence”.
Saturday July 27th
Venue: Moore Abbey
10.00 am Lecture: James Harpur
Topic: Tom and Gerard : the inverse Lives of T.S. Eliot and G.M Hopkins
In this talk , poet James Harpur will explore the similarities and differences between two of the greatest spiritual poets of the late 19th and 20th centuryies. Both Eliot and Hopkins were outsiders , converting to faiths different from those in which they were rared, and both suffered from illness, physical and mental.
11.00 – 11.30: Coffee/Tea
11.30 am Lecture : Lance Pierson
Topic: Hopkins and Milton
Hopkins admired Milton enormously, but it is not always realised how far he was influenced by him. The lecture explores four major areas where Hopkins looked to Milton as a mentor.
12.30 – 1.49 pm Lunch Break
Venue: Monasterevin Community Centre, Main St. Monasterevin
2.00 pm Lecture : Jo O’Donovan RSM
Topic: Hopkins – the poet of Theology
Exploring Hopkins as the poet of theology.
Venue : Monesterevin House, Presentation Generalate, Main Street, Monesterevin
3.00 pm Poet Reading: James Harpur
James will read his own poerty.
4.15 pm My Favourite Hopkins Poem
All those who wish to do so are invited to read a Hopkins poem of their choice.