Meet the Haymaker – Clive Keylock

Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. Get to know Clive Keylock, our lead Steward each year at Hay Festival in Wales. 

What does Hay Festival mean to you? 

A great way to spend 10 days with friends and to share the experience of watching wonderful performances.

What’s your favourite Festival memory? 

Watching Michael Morpurgo's War Horse make its way up on stage and seeing the look of astonishment on people's faces as it made its way through the audience.

Have you ever changed your mind on something having been to a Hay Festival event?

There are many things that I have looked at in a different light having listened to an expert on that subject.

Who was the best speaker or performer you saw on a Hay Festival stage?

I have a choice of two: Bob Geldof as a great performer and Tony Benn as a great speaker.

What advice do you have for a first timer at the festival? 

Always read the program in detail for the person might not be speaking about the subject they are famous for but about a subject they are passionate about which makes for great listening.

Sum up Hay Festival in five words or less…

Book up and come chill.

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