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 on sale next month.

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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 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 a event honouring the late Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé.

  • Kells 2013 Programme

    Food Village at Eureka

    The Boyne Valley Stage makes its debut this year, with a fantastic programme of food tastings, cookery demonstrations, locally produced artisan food stalls, and talks that will delight all ‘foodies’. Guests include 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 can enjoy Children’s Cookery Workshops with author Judi Curtin.

  • Alex Valentine

    Kells Type Trail

    This is the fifth year of the Kells Type Trail, which will see 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. It will be launched on Thursday 3 July in The Church of Ireland.

  • Comedy at Kells


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2014 highlights

  • Jung Chang
  • Louis de Bernières
  • Anthony Summers
  • Rosita Boland
  • Darren Shan & Judi Curtin
  • Deirdre Kinahan
  • Sean Boylan
  • Moon Man
  • Professor David Reynolds
  • Senator Susan O'Keeffe
  • and many more exciting events...
Hay Festival Kells