HAY IS A MAGICAL PLACE -STEVEN CAMDEN

This is my second time here, and the enjoyment feels the same. A whole bunch of people excited about stories in a place that feels genuinely magical. I’ve met authors whose work I’ve admired from afar and connected with readers…

A REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE – CHRIS LAOUTARIS

In 1596 Shakespeare found himself facing a formidable female opponent. Her name was Elizabeth Russell, a woman who struck terror into the hearts of many of her contemporaries. The playwright and his fellow actors and business partners got more than…

sham trial in the maldives – PHILIPPE SANDS

I have just come from chairing a churning session on the Maldives, with two fabulous, independent, courageous Maldivians: Farah Faizal, former ambassador to UK, and Ahmed Shaheed, former Foreign Minister. The Maldives is in trouble, they tell us, and the…

sparkes fly at hay – ali sparkes

I LOVE being on the Starlight Stage with a Hay audience. And this was a GENIUS audience. I should know – I put them through some brutal quizzing involving, lepidopterists, pi, the word ‘crepuscular’ and Miley Cyrus. And they came…

DRAWING INSPIRATION – EMILY GRAVETT

This is my second visit to Hay Festival, and the sun has shone. Hurrah! (I forgot to pack my wellies.) I’m here to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the publication of my first book Wolves, but I’ve also fitted in…

PLANNING FOR A BETTER BRITAIN – KATE HENDERSON

Who says town planning is boring? More than 200 people joined us this morning for a lively debate at Hay Festival about our book, Rebuilding Britain. It was great to hear questions from an audience inspired by the Utopian origins…

HAPPY HAY DAYS – JESSIE BURTON

Two of the happiest days of my life as a published writer so far. Incredibly warm audience with wonderfully engaged questions. It was a privilege to be here and I hope to return.

WHAT A ROMPING FESTIVAL! – HANNAH CRITCHLOW

My first time at Hay! And what a romping Festival! I’ve explored my inner chimp whilst attending an insightful talk by consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters, listened to the beauty of The Staves performing live, eaten Welsh crab salad, got completely…

I AM ENTIRELY HOOKED ON HAY – HELEN LEDERER

Such a special time. The sun is actually shining, Peter Florence is smiling, my interviewer Georgina Godwin is fun and focused and there is actually an audience! I actually enjoy the hour of stand-up and probing questions where I reveal…

EVERY WRITER’S DREAM TO COME TO HAY – MAGGIE HARCOURT

It’s every writer’s dream to come to Hay. So to have the chance to come here and talk about ‘The Last Summer of Us’ was – quite literally – a dream come true…even more so because the book is set…

THE CHILDREN WERE SO EXCITED – HOLLY WEBB

Just writing this while waiting for my second Hay event to start. I was so worried about yesterday’s, as it was the first time I’d talked about my new book, The Water Horse, and I’d decided to include a creative…