‘Thank you, Hay Festival.’ – Rhys Milsom

‘Thank you, Hay Festival.’ – Rhys Milsom

Names such as Salman Rushdie, Irvine Welsh, Marlon James, Thomas Keneally, David Crystal and many more arrive to talk about their craft to the masses at Hay Festival. They relax in the calming and serene place that is the Green Room…

Water Divining at Hay – Alys Conran

Water Divining at Hay – Alys Conran

Before the Writers at Work programme starts this morning, I’m treading water at the festival. I sit in one of the pastel deckchairs surrounded by early morning quiet. In his event ‘How to Read Water’, Tristan Gooley talked us through…

‘One of the things I’ve loved most about Hay this year is the reminder that, however bleak or uncertain things may look in the world outside, there are still enough of us who believe that change is possible.’ – SJ Parris

‘One of the things I’ve loved most about Hay this year is the reminder that, however bleak or uncertain things may look in the world outside, there are still enough of us who believe that change is possible.’ – SJ Parris

I first came to Hay with my first novel back in 2002 just after my son was born, and I had such a great time I insisted on being allowed back to chair some events the following year, and I’ve…

‘It’s always a privilege to be asked to speak at Hay, and to be a part of this amazing literary scene.’ – Alison Weir

‘It’s always a privilege to be asked to speak at Hay, and to be a part of this amazing literary scene.’ – Alison Weir

I think the thing I enjoy most about the Hay Festival is people coming together to enjoy and share all aspects of culture. It’s an enlightened and relaxed atmosphere in which ideas and creativity can flourish. It’s always a privilege…

‘If we want children – or anyone for that matter – to get into literature we mustn’t forget fun.’ – Martin Brown

‘If we want children – or anyone for that matter – to get into literature we mustn’t forget fun.’ – Martin Brown

The sun is shining. People are taking their coats off left right and centre. I’ve never been to a Hay so warm and bright. And along with the blue skies come the warm smiles. Everywhere you look. It is a…

‘For the moment, Hay seems to be the only place in the British Isles where the sun’s still shining.’ – Joanne Harris

‘For the moment, Hay seems to be the only place in the British Isles where the sun’s still shining.’ – Joanne Harris

Like Brigadoon, Hay pops up as if by magic every year; a moving city of walkways, tents, deck-chairs, children’s play-sets, scented gardens, cafés and shops. Mine was a flying visit this year; today I spoke about my new book, Different Class, to…

‘The air is super thick down here, it feels like soup!’ – Matt Dickinson

‘The air is super thick down here, it feels like soup!’ – Matt Dickinson

The lights dim. The excited babble of conversation dies away. A thousand schoolchildren have somehow made their way into the Tata tent and are about to be transported to Everest! I love talking at Hay. It’s such a great festival…

‘This is my seventh Hay Festival, I think, and at this point it feels like a week-long, brilliant family wedding.’ – Carrie Quinlan

‘This is my seventh Hay Festival, I think, and at this point it feels like a week-long, brilliant family wedding.’ – Carrie Quinlan

This is my seventh Hay Festival, I think, and at this point it feels like a week-long, brilliant family wedding. I’m really lucky that I get to do variety of different kinds of things while I’m here. I’ve just come…

‘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…