At Hay Festival – Joanne Harris on Writing and Voodoo

To me, books are their own type of magic, transporting us to someplace else.  When I hear an author talk about formulas, and how books just don’t happen, write themselves, open themselves to you, I find myself a bit disappointment. Joanne Harris does not disappoint. She was at the Hay Festival to talk about her [Read On]

A View of Hay

My brain is reeling with so much going on here in town, so I thought I’d post a few pictures of Hay dressed up for the Festival and Jubilee, as well as a few random shots of the Festival itself, taken quickly between the kidlings tired whinges.  THIS way!  It was a busy day on [Read On]

Hay Festival – Cressida Cowell on Imagination and Dragons

One of my current favorite children’s authors is Cressida Cowell; I’d say she probably tops Boo’s list, too, as he  has powered through most of the books in her “How to Train Your Dragon” series. We were pretty chuffed that she returned to Hay Festival this year.  With her typical uncontainable energy and thoughts flying [Read On]

Hay Festival…Off and Raining…erm…Running!

As the 25th anniversary of the Hay Festival arrived, so did the rain. I’m not surprised, and I wonder why everyone else is. It is as much a part of the tradition as the Telegraph bags (even if they aren’t the Guardian – they are MUCH nicer than last years, thankyouverymuch), sitting on the lawn with [Read On]

Silent Sunday

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Hay Festival

I’ve been a bit naughty and haven’t been posting. But I have a really, really good excuse – the Hay Festival was last week, over half-term, and I’m only now recovering from Festival Withdrawal.  Over a course of ten days, we had about 100,000 people in town. (Thank goodness I didn’t have to have them [Read On]

Wordless Wednesday – Here's MY Sign

Under the Big Top

The arrival of Hay Festival means more than just literary giants, economists, philosophers and politicians – it also marks the arrival of Gifford’s Circus!  Gifford’s Circus is a magical, old-time travelling tent circus  – a traditional English circus, I’m told. The costumes evoke the glamour of the 1930’s, and the close confines mean you see a true [Read On]