Hay Festival in pictures

Hay Festival is a gathering in the staggering beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

For 27 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders. Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking. We believe the exchange of views and meeting of minds that our festivals create inspire revelations personal, political and educational. Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'The Woodstock of the mind'.

Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 and continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain.

For 10 days in May, Hay is full of stories, ideas, laughter and music.

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    Bob Geldof

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    Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence

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    Children enjoying the Wiggly Wigglers garden

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    Relaxing in the sunshine

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    Children playing Chess

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    Writing on the square

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    Zombies!

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    Relaxing on the square

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    Make and Take children's space

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    Cerys Mathews

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    The famous Hay audience

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    Vanessa Redgrave

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    Julian Assange

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    Simon Schama and Simon Sebag Montefiore

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    Ralph Fiennes

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    Cartwheeling

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    Phillip Pullman at Hay Library

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    Amnesty International

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    Natalie Clein plays cello at Hay Festival 2011

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    Reading at Hay Festival 2011

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    James Cracknell and Brian Moore talk to Mark Skipworth

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    James Cracknell

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    Kids at Hay Festival 2011

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    The Eureka Reading Project

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    Marielle Frostrup supporting Amnesty International

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    Kids enjoying Hay Fever

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    Kids enjoying Hay Fever

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    Sir Stuart Rose and Digby Jones

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    Questions from the Hay audience

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    Judith Kerr, author of the Tiger who came to Tea and Mog

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    Spot the Dog visits Hay Festival 2011

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    Reading the Amazon Kindle

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    Kids playing at this years Hay Festival

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    Crowds at Pembertons Bookshop

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    Laughing kids at this years Hay Festival

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    Picking tickets

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    Hay Festival Box Office

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    Frank Close

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    Larry Lamb

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    Beacons Project students

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    The Duchess of Cornwall and Michael Morpurgo

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    The Duchess of Cornwall launches the Hay Festival Scribblers tour

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    Jenni Murray and Jo Brand supporting Human Rights

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    Gareth Malone

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    Jason Bradbury races our electric powered bug around the car park

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    Rowan Williams and Simon Russell Beale

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    Colin Humphreys

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    Jason Byrne

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    Jason Byrne

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    Julia Donaldson

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    Enthralled children watching Julia Donalson

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    Buggies and pushchairs outside Julia Donaldson session

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    Jason Bradbury flying machines!

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    Richard Dannat

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    Rob Lowe and Mariella Frostrup

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    Rob Lowe

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    Paul O'Grady

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    Boy reading at Hay Festival 2011

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    Eduardo Sacheri

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    Brian Cox delivers the Royal Society Lecture

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    Brian Cox delivers the Royal Society Lecture

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    Henning Mankell

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    Helena Kennedy talks to John Waters

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    AC Grayling

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    Gilbert and George

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    Nigella Lawson

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    David Bailey doing his bit for Amnesty International

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    David Bailey

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    Izzeldin Abuelaish received a standing ovation after his talk

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    David Miliband

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    David Baddiel

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    VS Naipaul

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    Meghnad Desai

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