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…