Hay Festival is historically rather unlucky with the weather. It is generally a mass of mud, and wellies are essential packing. This year was miles better though, and my 2 days were scorchers.
My next event of the afternoon was Micheal Deeley (producer of The Italian Job, The Deer Hunter & Bladerunner, amongst others) who was really interesting and told some great anecdotes. I now know Micheal Caine's 'idea' at the end of The Italian Job - there had to be one, so there was potential for a sequel! Any suggestions?
Another fascinating talk was Anthony Horowitz, who I knew for his Alex Rider stories, but who is also the screen writer of most British TV crime, including Midsummer Murders, Poirot and Foyles War. We got to see a sneak preview of the new series of Foyles War, which looks rather dramatic, and his new 5-day drama, Collision.
I met up with Peter Bently, to chat about our Lark in the Ark event next morning, and suss out the space. Then we did a spot of people-watching in the greenroom (basically another big tent, but with free wine and comfy chairs), where we were within feet of both Kate Adie and The Archbishop of Canterbury (what a combo).
Quite a full day, all in all. I went out like a light when I finally got to my hotel that night.