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Hay Festival Kells

May 25 2017 - Jun 04 2017
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Kells, Co Meath, Meath,
Ms Geraldine Gaughran
T: +353(0)469240055

This off-shoot of the world renowned Hay Festival in Wales, Hay Festival Kells 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.

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-up 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
musician Liam O'Maonlaí

Don't let this year's Hay Festival Kells pass you by.

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