English academics feature at Hay Festival 2015

May 29, 2015

Students and academics from across the University feature in the line-up for this year’s Hay Festival of Literature & Arts.

Now in its 27th year, the Hay Festival is a celebration of great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, taking place in Hay on Wye from 21 to 31 May.

This year, poet and songwriter Paul Henry, who is studying his PhD at the University, is performing a reading with fellow writer Jonathan Edwards on Monday 25 May at 5.30pm.

The reading is from ‘My Family and Other Superheroes’, Edwards’ colourful collection of poems which won the Costa prize for Poetry 2014; and ‘Boy Running’, Henry’s new poetry collection which explores his childhood in Aberystwyth.

Professor Philip Gross, who lectures in Creative Writing at the University, will also perform on Monday 25 May with visual artist Valerie Coffin Price. Their collaboration, ‘A Fold in the River’, is a collection of powerful journals written by Professor Gross, inspired by his time living on the banks of the River Taff.

Valerie Coffin Price revisited the walking route along the river, from which she has created prints and drawings to accompany the poems.

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