In 2013 the prestigious Hay Festival opened a chapter in the picturesque town of Kells, and the town has been hosting the event annually since then.
This year the Hay Festival, Kells is taking place from 23 – 26 June, and with technology journalist Karlin Lillington I’ve co-curated a stream of programming within the Festival called ‘The Image’, which features an array of talent from the arenas of illustration, cartooning, comic books, and computer games.
Guests include video games and comic book writer Rhianna Pratchett, animation director and comic book artist Paul Bolger, comic book artist and stage production designer Maeve Clancy, comic book writer and YA novelist Michael Carroll, illustrator and Laureate na nÓg P J Lynch, games developer (Call of Duty, Diablo III, Skylanders) Damien Marshall, cartoonist and caricaturist Allan Cavanagh, children’s book illustrator and graphic designer Mags Kilcooley, and me.
The Image stream is concentrated mostly on Saturday and Sunday, and features talks, interviews, workshops, demonstrations, and screenings.
I’ll be doing a talk on The Illuminated Word: Writing for Visual Media on Saturday at 12.30pm in the Iona Hall on Carmel Naughton Stage, and at 5pm on the same day I’ll be interviewing Rhianna Pratchett in the Kells Theatre on the Eirgrid Stage.
Apart from this branch of programming there is a fantastic line-up of talks/events/conversations with a wonderful selection of writers, journalists, editors, and creators from the literary field.
Kells is a beautiful town which wholly embraces the festival, and all the events are within an easy walking distance. I attended the festival in 2013 and had a terrific time.