Guto Harri on Andrew Marr at Hay 25

Guto Harri on Andrew Marr at Hay 25

As a former colleague of many years at the BBC, I knew Andrew Marr was a man of many talents and a unique performer. But today must have been a Hay Festival first. One man on stage, interviewing himself. Stepping…

Happy Birthday Eric Hobsbawm!

Happy Birthday Eric Hobsbawm!

Eric Hobsbawm, the President of the Hay Festival, celebrated his 95th birthday with us today! We had a wonderful chocolate cake and enough candles!

John Finnemore on his favourite Hay 25 moment

John Finnemore on his favourite Hay 25 moment

My favourite moment in Hay this year was sitting in the restaurant tent with the Early Edition crew and Andy Stanton, watching coverage of the Jubilee regatta with the sound turned down, and helpfully supplying our own: ‘The Queen’s skeleton,…

Silvia Converso- Punk Rock goes to Prison

Silvia Converso- Punk Rock goes to Prison

Silvia Converso is a Leonardo da Vinci scholar and co-ordinator of Hay in the Parc.   Not everybody knows that the Hay Festival has a sister festival running parallel as Hay, from the 31st till the 15th of June. It…

Guto Harri- When is a cover- up really worse than a crime?

Guto Harri- When is a cover- up really worse than a crime?

Two gripping writers yesterday morning told their respective tales of the most brutal murders.  One is that of 16 year old Elisa Claps in Potenza, Italy, in 1993.   The other was the twenty year old daughter of a former…

Sophia Bennett on Hay 25

Sophia Bennett on Hay 25

Well, I’ve done it. My event is over. I have a rose (they give you a white rose when you’ve finished), and a whole set of new memories of Hay. The last time I was here, to talk about my…

Jennifer Wallace- Hay is a curious combination of glamour and grunge

Jennifer Wallace- Hay is a curious combination of glamour and grunge

Dr Jennifer Wallace is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy. Hay is a curious combination of glamour and grunge. It’s my first time here, and I’m struck by how different it feels from the Edinburgh Book Festival, my…