Hay Festival 2014

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The Hay Festival is still in full swing, but I have just got back from this year’s visit. I took my daughter to see Jacqueline Wilson (her favourite author) and to immerse her in a literary atmosphere. I also immersed her in quite a bit of mud too, such was the weather.

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IMG_3151With my visions of idling away the hours, lounging in deck chairs, reading and philosophising, fading fast, we, nevertheless, soaked up the enthusiasm and passion that oozes through every pore of the festival. It welcomes child and adult alike, and it was refreshing to see so many children with their gazes fixed on a book rather than a screen. There were plenty of ‘extras’ for the kids – my daughter entered a competition to design her own book character. Here, you see her creating ‘Betty the Storytelling Beanbag’.

I wish we could have had the sunshine, but it was definitely worth the 4½ hour drive. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to go to some of the other sessions but as it was a mother/daughter road trip, it wasn’t to be. However, we are already planning on going again next year and maybe I can persuade the rest of the crew to come too, allowing me the chance to escape and explore some of the other talks. Appearing this year (to name but a few) are Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lauren Child, Carrie Fisher, Simon Schama, Jung Chang, Sebastian Faulks, Carol Ann Duffy, Anthony Horowitz and Ian McEwan.  Not to mention the announcement of the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show 500 Word Challenge for Kids. Like being in a literary sweetie shop, isn’t it?

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Something else I noticed; there wasn’t a kindle in sight!

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