WHAT A ROMPING FESTIVAL! – HANNAH CRITCHLOW

WHAT A ROMPING FESTIVAL! – HANNAH CRITCHLOW

My first time at Hay! And what a romping Festival! I’ve explored my inner chimp whilst attending an insightful talk by consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters, listened to the beauty of The Staves performing live, eaten Welsh crab salad, got completely…

I AM ENTIRELY HOOKED ON HAY – HELEN LEDERER

I AM ENTIRELY HOOKED ON HAY – HELEN LEDERER

Such a special time. The sun is actually shining, Peter Florence is smiling, my interviewer Georgina Godwin is fun and focused and there is actually an audience! I actually enjoy the hour of stand-up and probing questions where I reveal…

EVERY WRITER’S DREAM TO COME TO HAY – MAGGIE HARCOURT

EVERY WRITER’S DREAM TO COME TO HAY – MAGGIE HARCOURT

It’s every writer’s dream to come to Hay. So to have the chance to come here and talk about ‘The Last Summer of Us’ was – quite literally – a dream come true…even more so because the book is set…

THE CHILDREN WERE SO EXCITED – HOLLY WEBB

THE CHILDREN WERE SO EXCITED – HOLLY WEBB

Just writing this while waiting for my second Hay event to start. I was so worried about yesterday’s, as it was the first time I’d talked about my new book, The Water Horse, and I’d decided to include a creative…

RE-IMAGINE THE FUTURE – COLM TOIBIN

RE-IMAGINE THE FUTURE – COLM TOIBIN

What happened In Ireland yesterday – a vast majority voted for same-sex marriage – is that people felt free to re-imagine the future, people had the courage to change their minds, people had the imagination to change. I like to…

From Script to Stage – Nicola Davies

From Script to Stage – Nicola Davies

There’s a lovely buzz at Hay Festival this year. Maybe it’s the sunshine or maybe its just that I’m buzzing. For the last two weeks I’ve been having a theatrical baptism, working with a ridiculously talented group of actors and…

Pleasant reunions at Hay – A C Grayling

Pleasant reunions at Hay – A C Grayling

Is it unusual to have sunshine on the first Saturday of Hay? It certainly helps those two intimately linked activities: thinking and walking. One of many delights here is seeing friends whom one scarcely sees during the rest of the…

author of 'Meadowland: the Private Life of an English Field'

“The audiences glow with bright ideas” – John Lewis-Stempel, author of Meadowland

Hay Festival is The Woodstock of the Mind and the muddy Glastonbury of the feet. But not this year, 2015, when the sun shone… Welsh Border rain or Welsh Border sun, the audiences always glow with bright ideas. This is…