We have Hay fever! And not the runny nose, red eyed kind! May can only mean one thing: The annual Hay literature Festival. The 2014 festival promises to be a scorcher, with plenty of Seren authors discussing their fantastic books.
Sat 24 May, Fictions Memory Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray
Tiffany Murray and Emma Heanley talk about the disturbance of the past in Fictions Memory. Tiffany’s chilling new novel, Sugar Hall, sees Lilia Sugar and her children uncover a past hidden deep within the red gardens of Sugar Hall. Based on the stories of the slave boy that surround Littledean Hall in the forest of dean, this is a truly spooky tale.
10 AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £5
Tues 27th May Tishani Doshi, Owen Sheers and Fflur Dafydd The Women in the Mabinogion
Doshi, Sheers and Dafydd talk about the leading ladies in their Mabinogion re-tellings.
5.30 PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £5
Wednesday 28th Florilingua – Shani Rhys James, Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Francesca Rhydderch
A celebration of art and poetry. Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke read work that responds to the characteristic wild wallpapers and menacing chandeliers of Rhys James’ new touring exhibition of paintings.
8.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7
Saturday 31st May Jim Saunders Hay: Landscape, Literature and the Town of Books
Jim Saunders has lived and worked for 25 years in the border country around Hay. In this, his third book, he homes in on the town itself, along with the landscapes, literature and people of this most beautiful part of Britain.
9AM OXFAM MOOT £6
Sunday 1st June Matthew Francis and Rhian Elizabeth – Deeply Unreliable Narrators
Rhian elizabeth and Matthew Francis talk unreliable narrators. In her debut novel, Six Pounds Eight Ounces, Rhian open ups Hannah Kings Diary on to her crazy world of Glitter and Galmrock, Candyfloss and serial killers, but beware, not all of Hannah’s stories are strictly true…
4PM THE CUBE £5
In addition, Patrick McGuinnes, Cynan Jones, Peter Finch, Horatio Clare, Rhian Elizabeth and Damian Walford-Davies will all be at this years festival.
To see the full program or to book tickets visit www.hayfestival.com