Hay Festival Kells 2014

2–6 JULY 2014

Following a hugely successful and award-winning inaugural event last summer, Hay Festival Kells is back with an even bigger and more ambitious programme.

Highlights included Jung Chang, Louis de Bernières, Gillian Clarke, Jeremy Paxman, poet Rosita Boland, and Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, co-authors of the Pulitzer Prize nominated The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden.

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Hay Festival 2014


Selected festival events were made available on iPlayer at BBC Arts. You can still watch clips from highlighted events here...

If you haven't been able to make it to Hay this year, or want to experience it all over again, an increasing number of our events have been filmed so you can watch or listen to them online. Many are already available, and can be viewed or heard at hayfestival.org/media


Remind yourself of all the fun you had and feel inspired all over again...

We posted about festival events all week – read the posts on Facebook/HayFestival

We love all your @hayfestival tweets – keep them coming!

And you can browse our 2014 photo gallery here...

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Hay gathers people together to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be. It's a big conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure. We share stories and ideas with great international writers and thinkers, film-makers, historians and novelists, philosophers, environmentalists, poets and scientists. And at night we like to party with the greatest comedians and musicians. It's a bunch of mates hanging out in a field with time to think, finding the inspiration to re-imagine the world. Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'the Woodstock of the mind'.

The festival is in its 27th year in Hay, a magical book town in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We also create festivals in cities around the world every year from Cartagena to Dhaka, and from Beirut to Nairobi.

Please join us. You'll be most welcome.

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