Hollie McNish ‘On Poetry and Family’ – by Rebecca Parfitt

Hollie McNish ‘On Poetry and Family’ – by Rebecca Parfitt

Being a woman of 34 the question of motherhood – should I? shouldn’t I? – is at the forefront of my mind, so I was intrigued to find out more about how it affects creativity, work, life and relationships. I…

‘I was delighted to meet so many wonderful beetle girls and beetle boys.’ – M G Leonard

‘I was delighted to meet so many wonderful beetle girls and beetle boys.’ – M G Leonard

Appearing at Hay has been a special moment for me. Beetle Boy is the first book I’ve ever written and Hay Festival is the first literary festival I’ve ever attended, and now performed at. More than that, I will always remember Hay…

‘Age cannot wither the Hay Festival, nor custom stale her infinite variety. ‘ – Tom Holland

‘Age cannot wither the Hay Festival, nor custom stale her infinite variety. ‘ – Tom Holland

Driving to Hay on Tuesday, I stopped off in Worcester. Naturally, I visited the cathedral, with its cloisters, its memorials to King John and Stanley Baldwin, and its staggeringly beautiful close. As so often, though, when travelling, it was something…

The Great Escape – Louise Walsh

The Great Escape – Louise Walsh

I woke this morning with the impulse that, due to having such an amazing time, I should immediately get on a bus out of Hay and head home. It sounds like a contradiction, I know. I felt a wave of guilt…

Inside/Outside – Clare E. Potter

Inside/Outside – Clare E. Potter

I have a lanyard! I’m in the Green Room and it’s difficult to write a blog, my first blog ever, knowing that on the other side of this screen, Germaine Greer might be grabbing a cup of tea or that…

Imagine the world – Filipe Fernandez Armesto

Imagine the world – Filipe Fernandez Armesto

Imagine this: a uniquely imaginative species composed of individuals who restlessly re-imagine their world and strive to realise their fantasies in practice. Almost everything else that humans traditionally claimed as a distinguishing peculiarity that set them apart from the rest…

‘The Hay Festival is a glorious celebration of free speech.’ – Anthony Lester

‘The Hay Festival is a glorious celebration of free speech.’ – Anthony Lester

The Hay Festival is a glorious celebration of free speech. It brings together writers of all kinds and people of all ages who love literature and the performing arts. It performs a vital public service in involving so many in…