‘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…

‘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…

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…