DRAWING INSPIRATION – EMILY GRAVETT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

RE-IMAGINE THE FUTURE – COLM TOIBIN

RE-IMAGINE THE FUTURE – COLM TOIBIN

What happened In Ireland yesterday – a vast majority voted for same-sex marriage – is that people felt free to re-imagine the future, people had the courage to change their minds, people had the imagination to change. I like to…

From Script to Stage – Nicola Davies

From Script to Stage – Nicola Davies

There’s a lovely buzz at Hay Festival this year. Maybe it’s the sunshine or maybe its just that I’m buzzing. For the last two weeks I’ve been having a theatrical baptism, working with a ridiculously talented group of actors and…

Pleasant reunions at Hay – A C Grayling

Pleasant reunions at Hay – A C Grayling

Is it unusual to have sunshine on the first Saturday of Hay? It certainly helps those two intimately linked activities: thinking and walking. One of many delights here is seeing friends whom one scarcely sees during the rest of the…