Bob Cole

Fri, 27 May 2016 21:32:00 +0100

Bob Cole was the equivalent of Mo Farah a century ago, but the Herefordshire runner is mainly known now for his eccentricity, rather than his ability. Steve Herington, himself a medal-winning Herefordshire athlete, insisted there was more to Cole than his long hair, love of wearing black and intense stare. Cole won the 10-mile Powderhall Marathon 11 out of the 13 times he competed. And he only failed to win on those occasions because he had to drop out. It’s surprising then, that Herington admitted he’d been running for the best part of 40 years without ever hearing about Cole. ”Bob was a rather solitary, reclusive man who lived most of his life on his own,” Herington told a Hay Festival crowd.

Cole was part of a series of local-themed events that will run for the whole festival.

Frances Hardinge

Fri, 27 May 2016 21:28:00 +0100

“Hello, I am Frances Hardinge and I write weird books.” Captivating a roomful of near 2,000 schoolchildren at Hay Festival 2016, award-winning novelist Frances Hardinge humorously presented her critically acclaimed collection of gothic novels. Leaving the room in ripples of uncontrollable laughter when giving examples of her favourite irrational fears such as turophobia (the fear of cheese), and pogonophobia (the fear of beards), Hardinge brilliantly balanced the spooky, gothic worlds of her novels, and the humorous, light-hearted features that inspired them. She is just a small part of an extraordinary programme for children and young adults.

Hay Levels Live

Fri, 27 May 2016 21:19:00 +0100

Today marked the launch of Hay Levels Live, bite-sized lessons from inspiring academics, to help students preparing for A levels. The initiative, run by the Hay Festival, the Tata group, Hereford Sixth Form College and the global literary event series, allows A-Level students to have burning questions answered on anything from quantum physics to Shakespeare.

Emma Bridgewater

Fri, 27 May 2016 21:09:00 +0100

Emma Bridgewater captivated the audience at Hay Festival with the stories behind her iconic designs, many of them inspired by her mother's garden, others by childhood favourites such as the Ladybird books. She enthused about the factory she started in Stoke-on-Trent in the Potteries, now employing 270 people. Many other manufacturers had closed down or outsourced to China when she moved the business there.

The rest of the festival will feature many more design-themed events.