A walk around Girley Bog, with representatives from Coillte, the Native Woodland Trust and the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, discussing their conservation and restoration work at this Natural Heritage Area. Maurice Eakin of the NPWS will give a recital of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Bogland’ poem.
The coach picks up at 9.40am sharp at the Headfort Arms Hotel. The walk starts from Trailhead at 10am sharp.
A masterclass on theatrical adaptation from Matt Spangler, award-winning American playwright and writer of the stage adaptation of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner.
Catherine Cleary is an award-winning journalist and food critic. She joins Kevin Sheridan to discuss their forthcoming book covering the history of, the making of, types of, and future of – cheese! The event will include a tasting of some of Ireland’s favorite cheeses.
The sensational Prime Suspect, written for Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison, sealed Lynda La Plante’s reputation as one of the greatest ever British crime writers. Her other screenwriting credits include Widows, Trial and Retribution, The Commander and Above Suspicion. Lynda discusses her writings and career, and previews her new book Tennison (due out on 24 September), the prequel to Prime Suspect, which sees Jane's induction into police life and her development into the character we see portrayed on screen. Chaired by Myles Dungan.
An examination of childhood and the freedoms of space, time and the natural world, from West Papua and the Arctic to suburban western Europe.
Jay Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape, Wild: An Elemental Journey, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon.
Jay talks to Tiarnán de Hál.
Lane Ashfeldt discusses the pros and cons, and practicalities of raiding history books and family stories to create fiction. The short stories in Lane’s book SaltWater cover the century from 1918 to 2018. SaltWater was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. Lane talks to Sam Tranum, writer and editor, and member of the Liberties Press editorial team.
Photo by Sissu
Rosanna Davison talks about how she came to study nutrition. She gives us the skinny on her own diet and lifestyle, and shares her top tips from her new book Eat Yourself Beautiful on cutting out sugar and including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.
Photo by Miki Barlok
With a background in building relationships within conflicted communities, Eamon Rafter discusses his account of the forty-year history of the Glencree Reconciliation Centre in Co. Wicklow.
Eddie Shanahan, Chair of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, will talk with Sharon Wauchob, Paris-based Irish fashion designer, about the fashion industry here at home and in the international arena.
Biographer Anne Chambers talks for the first time in a public forum about her definitive account of the life and career of one of the greatest Irishmen of the 20th century: TK Whitaker, probably the country’s best known and most influential public servant. She talks to Myles Dungan.
Menna Elfyn (Wales), Alan Spence (Scotland), Peter Fallon and Breda Wall Ryan (Ireland) share their contribution to this unique collection of poetry honouring the United Nations International Day of Happiness.
Directed by Jerry Rothwell. Duration 112 minutes.
In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone and their protest captures the world’s imagination, giving birth to Greenpeace and defining the modern green movement. Media savvy from the beginning, these pioneers captured their seat-of-the-pants activist adventures on 16mm film. From this vivid archive and sly narration by Robert Hunter, an early guiding force of the organization, Jerry Rothwell has created a thrilling, sometimes terrifying film. When youthful energy comes up against the complexities of a growing organization, and idealism meets compromise, the group find their battle to save the planet forces them also to fight each other. This insightful film is also a vibrant, moving reflection on the struggle to balance the political and the personal.
Winner of World Cinema Documentary Jury Award for Editing, Sundance Film Festival, 2015. Followed by Q&A with director Jerry Rothwell.
The leading author and Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole (Ship of Fools) argues that the future of Irish Catholicism, if it has one, lies in an ongoing thread of heresy.
John O’Halloran, Biomass Manager of Bord na Móna, takes a look at the existing and potential opportunities involved in planting willow for the renewable energy sector in Ireland.
One of Ireland’s best-known historians, Diarmaid Ferriter is an Irish Times columnist and author of Judging Dev and The Transformation of Ireland: 1900–2000. He talks about his latest work on the Irish revolutionary period A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolutions, 1913–23.
Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, broadcasts live from Hay Festival Kells. He chats with headline guests for RTÉ’s daily arts and popular cultural show.
Broadcast live from the festival.
The charismatic actor, columnist and dramatist Michael Harding (Staring at Lakes, Hanging with the Elephant), fresh from his memorable portrayal of The Bull McCabe in John B Keane's The Field, reads from his many critically-acclaimed works of memoir and fiction.
Kells’ own funnyman, the Cooke of Kells, is returning to Hay Festival Kells. ‘I can’t wait to get back! Like the leaving cert, I have to do it twice.’