This week long event is an offshoot of the world renowned Hay Festival held annually in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. The first incarnation in Kells was in 2013 and since then the festival has cemented its place as one of the best literary events on the Irish calendar.
The Festival encompasses world music, politics, comedy and film, though with the main focus on literature and the written word, with workshops, readings, book launches, debates and more.
Outside of the main festival events there is live entertainment, a dedicated children’s programme, workshops, walks, culinary events and pop-up book shops. There is also a food village and a book market. Local pubs have special events most evenings, especially at weekends.
The 2017 dates are provisional.
It appears there will be no Hay Festival in Kells this year. There is some talk of a replacement event called 'Hinterland', for which these dates have been announced, but no other details yet.
Map & Information for the Hay Festival at Kells
Tickets can be purchased on the website or in Kells at Kells Chamber Office on Carrick Street.