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Hay Festival Segovia 2015 - what's happening this year?

It is the 10th edition of the Hay Festival Segovia this year and the anniversary will be celebrated in the historic town with an impressive programme of events featuring leading writers, artists and cultural commentators – with lots of food, wine, music and dancing too of course.   514 more words

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How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth Shapiro

A rare foray into non-fiction for me, as I share my thoughts on Beth Shapiro’s How to Clone a Mammoth.

I bought the book after hearing Shapiro talk at this year’s Hay Festival.   1,287 more words

Book Reviews

Do They Know It's Sting?

I saw a lot of pain on social media over the impromptu Chris Martin gig. People who don’t stay in Delhi anymore are regretting their decision to have ever moved out of the city. 386 more words

Fermented Flashback

Roddy Doyle, Ha-Ha-Ha -- The Kells Hay Festival Part 3

If you were to see Roddy Doyle in the street and have no clue who he was, you’d probably think he was a character in… 644 more words

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Hay Festival Kells, Part 1: Reflections on Michael Harding

Sometimes it feels as if Michael Harding was born at the age of 58, middle-aged and fully-formed. A performer, an actor, a novelist, a memoirist and a playwright, he has come to inhabit that great unfathomable of the popular consciousness only over the past few years. 585 more words


24-and-a-Half Hours in Kells at the Hay Festival

Every year it’s the same: the Hay Festival programme for Kells is released and I spend hours, hours, I tell you! agonising over what events I absolutely have to attend. 1,560 more words

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And We're Off!

Yes, friends, the Hay Festival has returned to Kells. Hurrah!

I envision the festival as a well-behaved puppy being led from one town to another — Hay reigns in five continents — but keeping his most enthusiastic tail-wagging for Ireland. 678 more words