The semi-final day at the Hay Festival and it's been a great one so far. Saturday… Begins with a flurry of marvellous names: Isabella Tree, Gaia Vince, Garth Nix, even Floella Benjamin, all worth watching just to hear them introduce themselves.
Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales (my pun-self can’t help wondering if there’s a Bard of Sharks) will probably be bringing a curse upon her and her family’s heads by ‘animating’ an ‘epic poem’ originally only ever sung (probably only by men) with ‘modern musicality’ which we can only hope doesn’t involve beat boxing.
The brilliantly unlikely literary names continue with Pandora Sykes and Hollie McNish (the latter always worth watching) having a gas, and Megan McCubbin discussing horse shoe bats with neatly dressed nature man Chris Packham.
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