Gillian Clarke on winning the Hay Festival Poetry Medal

Gillian Clarke on winning the Hay Festival Poetry Medal

I had no reason to imagine this was going to happen so I didn’t understand at all where Peter was leading with his speech. It was totally unexpected and I’m shocked and charmed. It is an absolutely fantastic award to…

‘There is a wonderful vibrancy to this pop-up village on the edge of the Black Mountains’ – Maggie Andrews

‘There is a wonderful vibrancy to this pop-up village on the edge of the Black Mountains’ – Maggie Andrews

This is my first time at the Hay Festival and there is a wonderful vibrancy to this pop-up village on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside a willingness to engage, critique and question ideas and knowledge and books. This…

‘At Hay, we are invited to imagine the world. We are taken there through the written and spoken words of others. Go there with them and it will open your heart and mind.’ – Mia de Faoite

‘At Hay, we are invited to imagine the world. We are taken there through the written and spoken words of others. Go there with them and it will open your heart and mind.’ – Mia de Faoite

This was my first visit to the Hay Festival and it has been a truly enlightening experience for me. At Hay, we are invited to imagine the world. We are taken there through the written and spoken words of others….

‘This is my sixth Hay Festival and the first time I’m not here in Wellington boots…’ – Francesca Simon

‘This is my sixth Hay Festival and the first time I’m not here in Wellington boots…’ – Francesca Simon

This is my sixth Hay Festival and the first time I’m not here in Wellington boots and spattered in mud so it’s absolutely glorious, even if I appear to be dressed for the Artic… I loved baking in the Starlight…

‘I can’t wait for all the booing and hissing later as we find out who is Dahl’s “most villainous villain”…’ – Lindsey Russell

‘I can’t wait for all the booing and hissing later as we find out who is Dahl’s “most villainous villain”…’ – Lindsey Russell

It’s amazing to be at Hay 2016 – especially as it’s my first time here! I love books, so being amongst the biggest and brightest children’s authors is truly brilliant and an absolute honour. Roald Dahl was, and still is,…

“I think I know how a festival in the countryside works thank you very much.” – Caitlin Moran

“I think I know how a festival in the countryside works thank you very much.” – Caitlin Moran

“You’ll need to take a key. There’s no-one on the front-desk after midnight.” She definitely said those words – I absolutely can’t deny that. The owner of the hotel definitely told me the – literally – key information that I…

‘Being able to speak with our literary counterparts in Europe has been fantastic.’ – Hawa Jande Golakai

‘Being able to speak with our literary counterparts in Europe has been fantastic.’ – Hawa Jande Golakai

The Hay festival brings together this vast amount of literature and fusion of ideas and it’s magical that it has been able to do this. We are very happy that the Hay Festival has expanded the repertoire of African artists…

‘The surprising thing is that the bigger, slicker Hay Festival has not lost the joi de vivre of the earlier years.’ – John Mullan

‘The surprising thing is that the bigger, slicker Hay Festival has not lost the joi de vivre of the earlier years.’ – John Mullan

I have been coming to Hay something like twenty years and remember well when  it was an intimate gathering in the rapidly repurposed local primary school. The surprising thing is that the bigger, slicker Hay Festival has not lost the joi…

‘Go well, and may the road rise to meet you, no matter which way the wind.’ – Horatio Clare

‘Go well, and may the road rise to meet you, no matter which way the wind.’ – Horatio Clare

Croeso, Welcome, to the Green Room at Hay Festival, home and hangout of movie stars, models, the occasional writer and NO bloggers, reporters, photographers – they are all banned. So what’s the gossip? Well… Last night I danced with some…

‘The Hay Festival is a wonderful celebration of publishing, ideas, and writing’ – Philip Jones

‘The Hay Festival is a wonderful celebration of publishing, ideas, and writing’ – Philip Jones

To have the YA Book Prize presented at the Hay Festival this year is a real honour and step up for a prize that is still only in its second year. To bring the 10 short-listed authors and their books…

‘I’m here to show the world that science is fun and exciting… and that anyone can do it.’ – Dr Emily Grossman

‘I’m here to show the world that science is fun and exciting… and that anyone can do it.’ – Dr Emily Grossman

This is my first time at Hay and I’m having the time of my life. Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside and with a totally yummy vibe, it feels like a mini Glastonbury – but with less mud… and a…

Bring back the bookshop – Julia Donaldson

Bring back the bookshop – Julia Donaldson

I’m a big fan of independent bookshops and my best lightbulb idea ever was for people to be able to buy SIGNED COPIES of my books from my local bookshop. So now, if you click on the link from my…