‘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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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. 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…

Gillian Clarke on winning the Hay Festival Poetry Medal

I had no reason to imagine this was going to happen so I didn’t understand at all where Peter was leading with his speech. It was totally unexpected and I’m shocked and charmed. It is an absolutely fantastic award to…

‘There is a wonderful vibrancy to this pop-up village on the edge of the Black Mountains’ – Maggie Andrews

This is my first time at the Hay Festival and there is a wonderful vibrancy to this pop-up village on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside a willingness to engage, critique and question ideas and knowledge and books. This…

‘At Hay, we are invited to imagine the world. We are taken there through the written and spoken words of others. Go there with them and it will open your heart and mind.’ – Mia de Faoite

This was my first visit to the Hay Festival and it has been a truly enlightening experience for me. At Hay, we are invited to imagine the world. We are taken there through the written and spoken words of others….