Hay Festival Kells
Jun 23 2016 - Jul 26 2016
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This off-shoot of the world renowned Hay Festival is a celebration of literature, art, ideas, music, drama, history, debate, food and laughter, set in the town that is the spiritual home of the Book of Kells.
Hay Festival Kells is a celebration of literature, music and culture, and 2016 will be its fourth year in this historic County Meath town, when the population of Kells is effectively quadrupled, as festival goers from all over flood in and writers meet readers to share stories and ideas.
It's an energetic and heady mix of literature, poetry, music, comedy, cookery, fashion, animation, film and history. The essence of Hay is great writing from everywhere; from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, environmentalists, thinkers and novelists. Hay Festival is about the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking and each event looks to unlock those ideas.
Kells has a literary tradition stretching over millennia, and the town has embraced the festival with supporting events such as installations celebrating the Art of Type, pop bookshops and galleries, poetry in the pubs, talks in the street and a wandering silver band.
The line-up grows each year, and some of the fantastic contributors have included Anne Enright, Ben Okri, Brian Eno, Jeremy Paxman, Paul Durcan, Marian Keyes, Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy, Lynda LaPlante, Louis de Bernieres, Jeanette Winterson, Germaine Greer, John Banville, John Boyne, Jung Chang, Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon, Lenny Abrahamson, chef Richard Corrigan, comedian David O'Doherty and musician Liam O'Maonlaí.