‘Hay is a beautiful place of perpetual sunshine.’ – Frances Hardinge

‘Hay is a beautiful place of perpetual sunshine.’ – Frances Hardinge

I’ve somehow managed to avoid the rain so, as far as I’m concerned, Hay is a beautiful place of perpetual sunshine. I’ve been hearing the siren call of Hay’s bookshops but I’ve resisted so far, mainly because of the ominous…

‘Ape technology’ by Kathelijne Koops

‘Ape technology’ by Kathelijne Koops

Today I had the incredible opportunity to speak about my passion for chimpanzees and bonobos to a wonderful audience at the Hay Festival. It has been an absolute pleasure being here. My research on wild apes focusses on the evolution…

Sarah Crossan on winning The Bookseller YA Prize.

Sarah Crossan on winning The Bookseller YA Prize.

Being at Hay this year has been a wonderful experience. It is so well run with events that show how alive (and important) the arts are in the UK. It’s been especially nice to have come here and won the…

‘Thanks to everyone who makes the festival what it is, a great space in which to talk, listen and share the happiest of mutual obsessions.’ – Claire Harman

‘Thanks to everyone who makes the festival what it is, a great space in which to talk, listen and share the happiest of mutual obsessions.’ – Claire Harman

Today has been my first ever visit to the Hay Festival, but talking Brontë turns out to be an international language, with many fluent speakers. There was an ardent group of fans at the appropriately named Good Energy Stage today, all…

‘Until coming to Hay Festival in my mid-twenties I’d never met a living, breathing writer.’ – Oliver Balch

‘Until coming to Hay Festival in my mid-twenties I’d never met a living, breathing writer.’ – Oliver Balch

I love Hay during Festival time. The busy-ness of the streets. The book shops crammed. The scent of infinite possibilities on the breeze. For my money, nothing encapsulates this last point better than the Beacons Project, a Festival-backed education scheme that…

‘The Hay Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for scientists to share their research with the general public.’ – Lisa Jones

‘The Hay Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for scientists to share their research with the general public.’ – Lisa Jones

The Hay Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for scientists to share their research with the general public We had a fantastic session with a large knowledgeable audience discussing how the Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) is helping us to understand…