Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Everyone’s home is threatened by climate change, even the silver brumby’s I was asked, when speaking at the Hay-on-Wye winter festival, to identify a book that meant home for me. What immediately came to mind was the Australian children’s classic…

Henry Robinson’s reflections at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Henry Robinson’s reflections at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Walking down a street in Hay-on-Wye I spot a banner outside a shop on which is emblazoned KINDLE-FREE ZONE – evidently intended as a defence of traditional printed books but it just comes across Luddite to me. I’m here for…

Ned Beauman at Hay Festival Dhaka

Ned Beauman at Hay Festival Dhaka

Five long-haul flights in one month means a lot of jet-lag, which is my only excuse for watching most of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines on a hotel TV in the Indonesian port town of Tanjun Pinang, about a…

Rebecca Attwood, of EJF, at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Rebecca Attwood, of EJF, at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

I grew up in Hay, in the golden valleys under the black mountains. I don’t live there at the moment but it’s where my roots are, my heritage – my corner of British culture. My home. At this year’s Hay Festival…

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

The first day of Winter coincided with my first cold and last (but hardly least) literary event of the year. I had to take one of those lozenges that sore-throated singers suck before performing.  It seemed to do the trick and…

Joanna Toye, Scriptwriter for ‘The Archers’ and author of ‘The Ambridge Chronicles’ at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Joanna Toye, Scriptwriter for ‘The Archers’ and author of ‘The Ambridge Chronicles’ at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

The journey to Hay from south west Birmingham is like a bullet train through Borsetshire. Hooped polytunnels, their sheeting removed for winter (a job for Adam…), signs luring me to ‘Jumble Sale at Village Hall’ and ‘Local Honey’ (call Jill……

Jennifer Potter, author of Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World, at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Jennifer Potter, author of Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World, at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Great to be back at the Hay Winter Weekend with my new flower book. It was my very first book festival, back in 2006, when I came with Strange Blooms, my biography of the early seventeenth century gardeners, the John…

Simon Singh at Hay Festival Winter Weekend in Wales

Simon Singh at Hay Festival Winter Weekend in Wales

There are two reasons in particular why I am looking forward to visiting Hay on Wye and talking about “The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets”. First of all, the book was launched in Springfield. Not some town in America, but…