Hay Festival Kells, County Meath, returns for a second edition, 3–6 July 2014.

‘Strong women grab Kells by the book’ – The Irish Times. Read the full article...

NOVELISTS explore Jung Chang & Louis de Bernières POETS read Rosita Boland BIOGRAPHERS recall Anthony Summers CHILDREN'S WRITERS share Darren Shan & Judi Curtin PLAYWRIGHTS create Deirdre Kinahan SPORTSMEN play Sean Boylan FILM animates Moon Man ACADEMICS lecture Professor David Reynolds on WWI POLITICIANS expand Senator Susan O'Keefe AND MORE

Full programme released soon.

Hay Festival Kells

The Hay Festival team produce fifteen festivals every year across Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The original festival in Wales runs over eleven days in the Whitsun half-term holiday with a vibrant mash of literature, world music, politics, comedy and film. Hay Festivals won The Queen's Award for International Trade in 2009.

  • Jeanette Winterson

    Ireland’s Biggest Book Club

    Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, The Daylight Gate and The Passion introduced her fabulous memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

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  • Kells 2013 Programme

    Novelists and Poets

    The varied programme included novelists John Boyne, DBC Pierre, John Banville and Tiffany Murray, and poets Owen Sheers, Nerys Williams and Eurig Salisbury, among many other events.

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2013 highlights

Hay Festival Kells