Sunday, 29 May 2011


When God Spoke English was amazing this morning - told as a story full of context and characters, with constant reference to historical artefacts and quirky details. I like a speaker who knows his/her stuff and has a sense of humour - we had Sir Robert Cecil compared to Mandelson and someone else compared to Prescott as a Northern tough guy. Nice ending compared sections of the 1611 Bible against C17, C18, C19 and C20 versions. Even the questions were incisive and informative. I was completely absorbed all the way through and can't wait to read the book.

Second session was 'Cold Places' with Sue Flood (a nature photographer) showing pictures and talking about her work and career. Beautiful images.

And then the first half of Man U- Barca, followed by Sandi Toksvig and Sue Perkins. Glad we didn't stay to see Man U get beaten, and Sandi and Sue were funny but not amazing. Finally, beer and wine then a tiddly toddle back down to our field.


  1. Sounds great! Thanks for being our correspondent from Hay :-) The next best thing to being there. Have fun!

  2. Oh I did, thanks Christina. I'm just about to start a trawl of other bookie blogs to see what other people saw, thought etc.