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Posted by Kate, June 1, 2010

Making Hay while the sun shines

Kate’s had two more glorious, sunny days in Hay.

Hay Fever (the children’s festival) highlights included Ben Cort’s interactive and action-packed Aliens Love Underpants event (children in pants pictured, with Ben at the back) and Holly Webb’s gentle and engaging event in which she talked about her animal books, her Triplets books (a favourite with Kate’s children when they were a little younger) and her historical fantasy Rose quartet. It’s great for Kate to have an opportunity to meet up again with people she’s published in the past, and, in the case of Holly, to meet up with someone she not only published but she and Kirsty Stansfield worked with.

Grown-up events included a breakfast with quietly impressive and sensible Justine Roberts of Mumsnet and an interview with warm and funny Jo Brand.

And, of course, that she tweeted all events goes without saying.

Kate also ended up at an improbably splendid and super-cool Soho House GQ dinner party for 350 people at the home of the chair of the Hay Festival.

The highlight of Adrian’s festival, though, has been a breakfast with Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi – the brilliant cooks behind the Ottolenghi books and cafes/delis.

Meanwhile, Imogen and Deb are back in the office working on opals and apps among other things.