Category Archives: Kells Hay Festival

The annual delight that is the Hay Festival in Kells. It’s better than Christmas!

The Kingdoms of Kevin Barry


It has been said that if Roddy Doyle and Nick  Cave could procreate, Kevin Barry would be the result. I can see that. Beneath that bright and thoughtful exterior, there lies a naughty schoolboy with a profound sense of the … Continue reading

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The Occupational Hazards of Liz Nugent


At one point during her appearance at the Hay Festival in Kells, Liz Nugent mentions that she sometimes dreams about committing murder. Does anyone else do this? To my surprise, I’m the only one to admit, yes, I do it, … Continue reading

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The Man from Clones Takes the Stage


Yesterday, I spotted a tree that looked like an orchestra conductor. He wore a top hat and held his baton high in his gnarled hands. In his knots and wild branches, in the bravado of his stance, he reminded me … Continue reading

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Maura McHugh at Kells Hay Festival


Maura McHugh came to Kells on Saturday to talk about writing for the visual media. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When you think about it, it’s a topic as broad as it is tall. In fact, … Continue reading

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The Hay Festival Kells Rises


It’s that time of year again. The shop windows are full of books, the banners are flying, and the town is humming. Yes, my honeys, the Hay Festival has returned to Kells. If you are a fan of the arts … Continue reading

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Roddy Doyle, Ha-Ha-Ha — The Kells Hay Festival Part 3


If you were to see Roddy Doyle in the street and have no clue who he was, you’d probably think he was a character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. A genial engineer, perhaps. Good at quantum mechanics and quick with a … Continue reading

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Martina Devlin and the Witches — Kells Hay Festival Part 2


My first thoughts for writing about the last day of the Hay Festival in Kells was to cover all the events I attended in one slightly squashy report. But how do you squash Marian Keyes with anyone (I don’t think … Continue reading

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