Yet again I seem to have survived one of the busiest weeks of the year in my diary. It is also one of the weeks that I look forward to the most. ‘ The Hay Festival’  in Hay on Wye.

This year as always  saw talks, lectures and the like from a wide range of speakers this year  ranging from the Fonz to Toni Morrison and may have included the occasional appearance by Benedict Cumberbatch. More on him later..

 

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Books on display in the festival bookshop on the first day of the Festival

The Day goes a little like this. An early start followed by finding my way to the press room. As I was traveling from home, some 70 miles away each day ( around an hour and a half drive ). First job is to set everything up, unpack most of the kit that I would need that day. After that and checking which events needed covering  and which others I thought would be interesting I’d normally compile a list for the day and then go out and find some colour, people reading books and doing the Hay thing. Sunny Helps. Rain pictures are also good but don’t make you that popular with the good folks in the press room…. sunshine sells hay festivals….

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Notice how green the grass is here. That changed a bit through the week.

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So… it didn’t take very long for the rain to come. And it didn’t really stop for a few days. This resulted in lots of weather pics of the ‘ wrong’ kind for the first bit of the week..

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Henry Winkler AKA the ‘FONZ’ Yip. the actual fonz. However the green jumper….Wrongamundo.

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Below is Tony Parsons, posing for a quick picture at the end of his event.
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There were a fair few famous faces amongst the crowds this year again, Some liked the attention of being photographed and others like Ruby, not so keen. The picture is her basically  telling me in front of a couple of thousand people to go away…
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Horrible histories illustrator Martin Brown.
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Wet weather pictures were the order of the day midweek. Not making me popular I guess!!
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And just when you thought it was over up popped Sir Geoff Hurst

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Vicky Pryce turned up: Insert ticked / jail pun HERE
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On a more serious note. Chris Tarrant. It was very Kind of him to pose for a quick picture for me. He was there to talk about his book and his dad I do think I have jinxed my chances of winning any money on who want’s to be a Millionaire because really, what are the chances of shaking his hand twice.
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Sol Campbell
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Books at a book festival..
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BBC duo Chris Evans and Alex Jones

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The War Horse from the play based on  Michael Morpurgo‘s best selling book.

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Midweek brought us this. Thanks to Cressida Bonas turning up at the fringe festival/ Yep.All sorts at Hay on Wye.

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Did I mention anything about Benedict Cumberbatch being there?

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Pictured above is the very kind and talented Alan Mcgee. Was a pleasure to meet him. *Jesus and Mary chain plays in the background*

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Oh no it’s a Gruffalo

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Kate Adie was looking good and on form..
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It was too much for some…
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By the end of saturday the sun had decided to shine..
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And by Sunday morning everybody was enjoying the sunshine….
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Authour Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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*THAT* Bloke again. However he still refused to have a portrait. The Fool.
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A very emotional Judi Dench
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And that guy again. really. Could not avoid him.
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we finished the week of with this loon. Very entertaining he was too.
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and this… was the last shot of the week… so here is to hay 2015……

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