making hay in kells all weekend

Thanks for visiting Niall and writing such a great blog about the weekend!

The Fluff Is Raging

I spent a wonderful weekend of songs, stories and laughter in Kells at the Hay Festival Kells.

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The heritage town was filled with writers, musicians and artists, including Hanif Kureishi. We strolled around town with discussing the Book of Kells, medieval round towers, Brehon laws, and Cromwell. I don’t have many claims to fame, but I can now say that I explained the origin of the term Beyond the Pale to Hanif Kureishi.

han I had been up until four in the morning in a lock-in working, but Kureishi wisely had an early night, so while he looks like a contented, successful author, I look a shambles.

We also talked about Brexit (it was the day after the result). He’s distraught. “When are you heading back to London?” I asked him. “We might just stay here,” he responded, only half-jokingly, I think.

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