Event 34

Headfort Demesne: A Summer’s Walk

Venue: Meet at Headfort House for coach transfer
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Escape with the Kells & District Tourism Forum in a rare chance to experience the world of Headfort Demesne through its elegant parklands and river. See the Gothic-Revival Headfort Mausoleum, the elegant 18th-century bridge by Thomas Cooley, the early 20th-century Pinetum and the Island, where members of the Headfort family are buried. The tour concludes with refreshments in the grounds of Headfort House.

Vigorous walking in some parts – only suitable for people in a relatively fit condition.

The coach picks up at 9.30am sharp at Headfort Arms Hotel and 9.45am sharp at Headfort House.

18+ years only
Tickets €10 – available online with Eventbrite, or from the Headfort Arms Hotel (Tourism Desk, Thurs–Sat) or from The Kells Experience, Market Street.
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Headfort Demesne: A Summer’s Walk

Event 35

Deirdre Sullivan

Nightmare Club Workshop

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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Deirdre Sullivan is a ghost-writer for the Nightmare Club series. Deirdre will conduct a workshop for readers, involving spooky collaborative storytelling and getting the children to help finish a Nightmare Club story that she’s working on.

8+ years
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Deirdre Sullivan

Event 36

Fabien Erlinghauser

Cartoon Saloon presents: Song of the Sea

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Join Fabien Erhlinghauser for a visually stunning presentation on the process involved in creating the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea. Including behind-the-scenes clips from the soon-to-be-released film, this is a must for anyone with a passion for animation and visual storytelling.

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Event 37

Bernard Meehan and Claire Breay

The St Cuthbert Gospel

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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Dr Bernard Meehan, Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Claire Breay, Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts at the British Library, discuss scientific investigations into this famous 8th-century manuscript, which was acquired by the British Library in 2012.

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Bernard Meehan and Claire Breay

Event 38

Matt Griffin

A Cage of Roots

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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Kells-born author and illustrator Matt Griffin has garnered a global reputation for striking graphic work and poster design for various industries including publishing, advertising, music, film, animation and design. He discusses his first novel A Cage of Roots.

10+ years
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Matt Griffin

Event 39

Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan and Andy Middleton talk to Mark Skipworth

Freeganism and Food Supply

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Deputy Editor of The Telegraph Mark Skipworth chairs a discussion with musician, visual artist, political activist and writer Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan of Sheridan's Cheesemongers, and maverick thinker and social entrepreneur Andy Middleton on the increased global demand for food, the intensification of food production, food waste and Freeganism. 

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Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan and Andy Middleton talk to Mark Skipworth

Event 40

Sara Baume

Fictions – The New Generation

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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One of the most accomplished of the new Irish women writers, Sarah Baume is a graduate of the Hennessy New Irish Writing series and won the 2014 Davy Byrnes short story prize. She discusses her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither.

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Sara Baume

Event 41

Derek Landy

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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The global phenomenon that is Derek Landy comes to Kells to talk about his bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, which reached its heart-stopping conclusion last year with The Dying of the Light. Derek might just give you a tiny hint of what is coming later this year in the first of his new trilogy of supernatural thrillers, Demon Road. Be afraid.

9+ years
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Derek Landy

Event 30

Verónica Gerber Bicecci

México20: Secret Lecture*

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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México20 is a project created by Hay Festival, in collaboration with the British Council and Conaculta, to bring together the work of twenty young Mexican writers and promote it to an international readership.

Verónica Gerber Bicecci is one of the writers featuring in the recently published México20 anthology: her Conjunto vacío (‘Empty Set’), excerpted in the anthology, will be published this year by Almadía. Verónica makes visual pieces that are texts and texts that are visual pieces. Her projects explore the infinitesimal trails of things that can’t be heard or seen. Her book Moving Out narrates the transformation of five writers into visual artists.

Her ‘Secret Lecture’ is a visual and literary performance exploring the ephemeral, fragile and contradictory lexical matter of secrets; the paradoxes between telling and hiding, between keeping a secret, writing, and language. The project consists of three parts:

  1.    A 25-minute lecture;
  2.   The (illegible) index cards of the lecturer; and
  3.    A secret.
*To respect its secret nature, this lecture performance can't be recorded.
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Verónica Gerber Bicecci

Event 42

Deirdre Sullivan

Workshop for Teen Readers

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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The creator of the ‘Prim’ trilogy (Prim Improper, Improper Order and Primperfect). The first and third of the novels were shortlisted for the Children’s Books Ireland Awards. Deirdre was also the only young adult author shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature in 2015.

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Deirdre Sullivan

Event 43

Ben Okri

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, Astonishing the Gods and The Age of Magic, reads from his recent work and talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

Photo by Daniel Mordzinski

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Ben Okri

Event 44

Mitchel McLaughlin, Jeffrey Donaldson and Ronan Fanning

The Commemoration Debate

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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As 2016 approaches, how should we look back at the 1916 Rising and the Battle of the Somme? Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly Mitchel McLaughlin and DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson offer personal perspectives on the issues involved as individuals from different traditions, while UCD Emeritus Professor Ronan Fanning (Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution, 1910–22) discusses his controversial observation that we should ‘unashamedly celebrate’ the 1916 Rising.

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Mitchel McLaughlin, Jeffrey Donaldson and Ronan Fanning

Event 45

Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

9–14 years
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Fabien Erlinghauser

Event 46

Roy Foster

Yeats and His Time

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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Leading Irish historian Roy Foster, biographer of WB Yeats, talks about the Nobel Laureate on the 150th anniversary of his birth and discusses his most recent acclaimed work Vivid Faces, a book about the lives of the revolutionary generation of the 1913–23 period. Vivid Faces is being hailed as one of the seminal volumes associated with Ireland's decade of centenaries. Roy talks to Myles Dungan.

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Roy Foster

Event 47

Brian Eno

Innovations

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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Brian Eno is one of the most innovative musicians of recent years. He has recorded many solo albums and collaborations with other artists, and also produced some of the best-known albums by David Bowie, Coldplay, Devo and U2, among others. He is also known as a visual artist, political activist and writer. In 2014 he released two albums in collaboration with Underworld’s Karl Hyde, Someday World and High Life. He discusses his career and the books that have influenced him, with Sinead Gleeson, presenter of The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Brian Eno

Event 48

Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

9–14 years
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Fabien Erlinghauser

Event 49

Anne Enright

Fictions – The Green Road

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Anne Enright escaped from a career in television to become one of Ireland’s national literary treasures. She won the Man Booker Prize in 2007 for her fourth novel The Gathering. The newly-appointed Irish Fiction Laureate will discuss and read from her latest novel The Green Road.

Photo by Hugh Chaloner

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Anne Enright

Event 50

Terry Woods and Peter Fallon

Music and Poetry

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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An afternoon of music, poetry and conversation with iconic musician Terry Woods (The Pogues, Steeleye Span) and poet Peter Fallon (Strong My Love) whose influence on Irish poetry as a writer is almost equalled by his importance as a publisher. They talk to poet and RTÉ broadcaster Vincent Woods.

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Terry Woods and Peter Fallon

Event 51

Linda Ervine

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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Linda Ervine of the East Belfast Mission discusses how she brings the Irish language to the unionist population of East Belfast and how she sees the language as a potentially unifying influence and a positive force in Northern Irish society.

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Linda Ervine

Event 52

Paul Durcan

The Days of Surprise

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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Durcan is one of the greatest living English language poets. He is a member of Aosdána, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Irish Book Award, and is known as Ireland’s most playful poet. His new collection The Days of Surprise contains 67 poems on topics as disparate as the weather forecast, the war in Syria, a visit to the GP's surgery, the joys of retail therapy, clampers and Seamus Heaney. Durcan’s trademark humour runs throughout his poetry, with typically impish titles The Last Great Achill Island Volkswagen Beetle Protestant and The WB Yeats Shopping Centre. His award-winning works include A Snail in my Prime, Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being.

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Paul Durcan

Event 53

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Looking for Madeleine

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Internationally renowned investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (The Eleventh Day: The Ultimate Account of 9/11) return to Hay Festival Kells to talk about their 2014 bestseller Looking for Madeleine, about the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann. They discuss the overwhelming and often troubling response to the book on social media. Chaired by Myles Dungan.

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Event 28

Michelle Boyle and Thomas Pakenham

Journey Towards a Likeness

Venue: Duke Brothers, Market Street
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Artist Michelle Boyle details the creative process of painting Thomas Pakenham, historian, arborist and explorer. The portrait, commissioned to mark the sitter’s 80th year, was created over a period of six months and depicts the sitter in his ancestral home, Tullynally Castle. Thomas will join Michelle for a Q&A session and will speak of the experience of having his portrait painted – the highs and lows of sitting to mark one’s 80th year.

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Michelle Boyle and Thomas Pakenham

Event 54

Medal in the Drawer

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Four young men from Belfast experience the horrors of WW1. A shortened version of the drama by Brenda Winter-Palmer, followed by a discussion led by the author and cast. As the author puts it: 'Medal in the Drawer is not only an act of commemoration for all those Belfast men who died in the First World War. It is a reflection on which parts of history a divided society chooses to remember and which parts it chooses to forget.'

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Medal in the Drawer

Event 55

Farmfest

Venue: Causey Farm
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A night of eclectic entertainment – there’s something here for everyone! Comedy, theatre, poetry, live music, céilí, BBQ, choral and drumming performances and more.

With four different stages, all based around the traditional stone courtyard at Causey Farm, around 5 miles from Kells.

Own transport required
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Farmfest

Event 75

Boyne Valley Festive Feast

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel Garden
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The Boyne Valley region has firmly established a deserved reputation as a food tourism hub, thanks to its fertile landscape and coastline, which has in turn led to an ever-increasing range of award-winning artisan producers, farmers and fishermen.

This event in the magnificent gardens of the Headfort Arms Hotel offers you the chance to unwind in the company of the Hay Festival team and to sample some of the best local seasonal produce. Enjoy a variety of delicious tidbits and tipples at this unique garden party, complete with musical entertainment from Nessa Olohan.

Guests will arrive in the garden to find taster boards on the tables to include:
 
* Blast & Wilde Flavoured Butters and Wild Garlic Pesto
* Newgrange Gold Smoked Rapeseed and Camelina Oils
* Chef's Homemade Hummus 
- All served with Artisan Breads 
 
From the BBQ;
* A Selection of Tom Doherty's Award Winning Sausages with Crispy Onions
* Maperath Farm Free Range Bronze Turkey Cakes with Chilli, Coriander and Lime and Creme Fraiche
* Headfort Hereford - Prime Homemade Burgers with Red Onion Relish
* Free Range Chicken Escalopes Two Ways - Choose from Overnight Marinated Basil Pesto or Spicy Jerk 
- All of the above served in Artisan Baps and with a Selection of  'In Season Farm' Salads, House Slaw & Relishes 
 
Dessert:
* Coole Swan Laced Cheesecake with Paddy Jordan's Raspberry Compote

Pre Feast Tipple on arrival - choose from Brú Brewery Gluten Free Craft Lager, Dan Kelly's Craft Cider or Stameen Farm Apple Juice. 

 

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Boyne Valley Festive Feast

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