From 23 – 26 June 2016, the town of Kells, in County Meath, presents the fourth Hay Festival Kells.
This year's Festival brings more new imaginings from our most diverse programme yet of writers, artists, musicians, politicians and personalities.
The 2016 line up includes some of the best known names in contemporary literature. British writer Hanif Kureishi CBE (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Buddha of Suburbia, Love and Hate) joins us, and contemporary Irish writers speaking include Patrick McCabe (The Butcher Boy), Kevin Barry (Beatlebone), Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies) in conversation with Sinead Gleeson (The Long Gaze Back anthology), Jax Miller (Freedom’s Child), Liz Nugent (Unravelling Oliver), Oona Frawley (Flight) and Vanessa Ronan (The Last Days of Summer).
For politics fans, the former leader of the Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore will discuss life Inside the Room, and John Bruton, former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the US will talk about life in international politics. Chelsea Garden Show winner Mary Reynolds will discuss sustainable agriculture and food production. Hotelier and TV personality Francis Brennan and investigative sports journalist and cyclist Paul Kimmage will also take the Hay stage.
2016’s history strand will commemorate the Battle of the Somme, with lectures from Brian Ervine and Myles Dungan. This year also sees events marking the centenary of 1916 Rising with Caitriona Crowe, Padraig Yeates, Sinead McCoole, Gene Kerrigan (The Scrap) and Joe Duffy (Children of the Rising).
A brand new strand, The Image, will see graphic and visual effects artists explore the art of the graphic novel and modern game design. Talks and workshops feature Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider), Paul Bolger, Maeve Clancy, Allan Cavanagh, Damien Marshall, Maura McHugh, and Michael Carroll (Judge Dredd).
Children can learn about the creation of a book – from idea to publication, in a workshop led by newly-appointed Children’s Laureate and renowned illustrator PJ Lynch with former Laureate Siobhán Parkinson. Along with a Cartoon Saloon workshop into animated character design, a visit of the Book Clinic and Cowboy Conor – there is plenty for the Young at Hay this year.
For music fans, Dublin duo The Lost Brothers, and Mary Black will play, the Hay Sessions will combine poetry, music and the written word and Bar Room Banter and Blues features just that, as part of the evening line up. And closing notes will featue a music gig from Kells native Michael Brunnock, joined by very special guest Colm Mac Con Iomaire.
With over 80 events including screenings, music, walks and exhibitions the Festival Programme is well worth a look - click here for full details.
For those who’d like to support the Festival’s work, becoming a Friend of Hay Festival Kells means you can contribute directly to the Festival, and enjoy invitations to special events and access to priority seating.