If you can get to this festival then go! Thanks to Eamon Cooke from The Boyne Writers' Group for passing on information about it. I've booked a ticket to hear Jeanette Winterson on the Friday and I'd love to hear John Banville but I will be away on the Saturday. The programme can be downloaded from the festival website https://www.hayfestival.com/kells/index.aspx?skinid=26&localesetting=en-GB
IMAGINE THE WORLD
SAMHLAIGH AN DOMHAN
Our newest chapter is in Kells in County Meath, Ireland, 28–30 June 2013Programme highlights include novelists John Boyne, DBC Pierre, John Banville, Tiffany Murray; poets Owen Sheers, Nerys Williams, Eurig Salisbury; memoirs from Jeanette Winterson; children's writers Jenny Valentine, Sarah Webb; playwright Frank McGuinness; actors Peter Sheridan, Lisa Dwan; a film animating The Secret of Kells; academics Germaine Greer on Shakespeare and Dr Bernard Meehan on the Book of Kells®; politician Jesse Norman on Burke; and musician Alex Valentine.
Kells & District Chamber, working with a number of partners, hope to develop an Irish 'town of books' as a national centre for all genres of literature. The Hay Festival will bring together the best Irish and international authors and thinkers to celebrate the sharing of stories and ideas.