Hay Festival Kells, in County Meath, will return for a third edition in 2015, from 25 to 28 June.

Booker winners ANNE ENRIGHT, RODDY DOYLE and BEN OKRI, poet PAUL DURCAN, YA novelist DEREK LANDY and the musician and innovator BRIAN ENO will headline this year's festival in June. The full programme will be announced and tickets will be on sale next month.

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Read about Hay Festival Kells 2014 here: Irish Times, Irish Times, Irish Independent

Hay Festival Kells

The Hay Festival team produces fifteen festivals every year across Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The original festival in Wales runs over eleven days in the Whitsun half-term holiday with a vibrant mash of literature, world music, politics, comedy and film.

  • Maidhc Dainin O Se

    Irish Language events

    Supported by Foras Na Gaelige, the festival celebrates Irish language literature and publishing, with previous performers including musician and director Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, acclaimed musicians and storytellers Fibín, author Rónán Mac Con Iomaire, journalists Cathal Mac Coille, Harry Magee and Máirín Ní Ghadhra and an event honouring the late Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé.

  • Kells 2013 Programme

    Food Village at Eureka

    In 2014 there was a fantastic programme of food tastings, cookery demonstrations, locally produced artisan food stalls, and talks to delight all ‘foodies’. Guests included Richard Corrigan of Virginia Park Lodge, Sally McKenna of the McKenna Guides, Rory O’Connell of Ballymaloe Cookery School, organic chef Evan Doyle of Brooklodge, and many more. And young visitors enjoyed Children’s Cookery Workshops with author Judi Curtin.

  • Alex Valentine

    Kells Type Trail

    2015 is the sixth year of the Kells Type Trail, which last year saw the word ‘create’ appearing in 20 locations around the town, in homage to the inspiration the Book of Kells has provided all over the world.

  • Comedy at Kells


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