Hey Hey Hay!

So, three days after performing my Buzzing! show at the Hay Festival I was back there, this time to take part in a recording of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Shared Planet’.

Listen to the programme

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Now it’s one thing to be performing my own show, but quite another to be sandwiched between host Monty Don and special correspondent Kelvin Boot on one side, and esteemed fellow panellists Professor Ralph Pite of Bristol University and Guardian journalist and natural history author Patrick Barkham on the other. (Which might explain why it looks as if I’m praying in the photo below!)

Recording Shared Planet at the Hay Festival

Recording Shared Planet at the Hay Festival (Photo by Mark Avery)

This episode of ‘Shared Planet’ was entitled ‘Nature and the Written Word’, and was recorded in front of a live audience in the BBC Tent at the Hay Festival. (If you listen to the programme, you may hear some thudding from the music tent next door!)

The day goes down in history for me as the day I took my first ever ‘selfie’! (Yes, I have emerged into the 21st century!) However, as you can see below, I think my selfie technique has a way to go yet. (Making sure my finger isn’t obscuring the lens might be a very good start!)

My first attempt at a selfie!

My first attempt at a selfie!

The image you were supposed to see in the background was this:

The BBC tent at the Hay Festival

The BBC tent at the Hay Festival, where we recorded our episode of  ‘Shared Planet’ (plus sundry thudding from the tent next door!)

So, all in all a most memorable day, topped off by my meeting Mark Avery, who knows everything there is to know about Passenger Pigeons – and a lot more besides. A very interesting chap, and a very good chauffeur too! (Mark was a panellist in the ‘Shared Planet’ episode recorded straight after mine at the Festival.)

And guess what! It had stopped raining in Hay by the time I was back for the BBC recording, and oh …

Hay *not* in the rain!

The Hay Festival *not* in the rain!

… what a beautiful place Hay is in the sunshine!

Hay in the evening sunshine

Hay in the evening sunshine

Listen to ‘Shared Planet’

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing Poetry to Life

 

 

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Hay-on-Mud

Never have I performed my Buzzing! show to such a fabulous collection of wellington boots as at the Hay Festival last week!

Welly boot wearers peeking in as I was setting up for my Buzzing! show at Hay

Welly boot wearers peeking in as I was setting up my Buzzing! show at Hay

It was ever so slightly wet there. And ever so slightly muddy. As you can see:

The Hay Festival artists' car park

The Hay Festival artists’ car park

Fortunately, Mike Barfield and I arrived well prepared:

Mike Barfield and I arriving at the Hay Festival suitably wellied

Mike Barfield and me arriving at the Hay Festival suitably wellied

As did my publishers, Nicola and Hugh Loxdale of Brambleby Books:

With my publishers, Nicola and Hugh Loxdale of Brambleby Books

With my publishers, Nicola and Hugh Loxdale of Brambleby Books outside my venue, The Cube

My Buzzing! show went well:

Performing my Buzzing! show at the Hay Festival

Performing my Buzzing! show at the Hay Festival

And the children asked all sorts of fascinating minibeast questions afterwards. (Most of which I was able to answer!)

Then we repaired to the Hay Festival bookshop, where I had a lovely time chatting with lots of children (and their parents and grandparents) and signing copies of my Buzzing! book for them.

Book signing at Hay

Book signing at Hay

More book signing at Hay

More book signing at Hay

The book signing continues ...

The book signing continues …

I was very chuffed because this was my first opportunity to see the reprint of my Buzzing! book (yes, the first print run has sold out!) This version has a slightly different front and back cover, and looks good!

My first glimpse of the new reprint of Buzzing!

My first glimpse of the new reprint of Buzzing!

Thank you to everyone who made my day at Hay possible, from Mike Barfield (who not only is an A1 chauffeur, but also put on an excellent show called SWAT! based on his excellent book of the same name), through publishers Nicola and Hugh Loxdale, to the lovely young lady from the Festival who escorted me throughout my stay and saw to my every wish. Now, I believe she was called Cleo, but I hope she will forgive me if I have her name wrong. (I did warn her at the time that names are not my forte!)

With the very helpful Cleo, from the Festival

With the very helpful Cleo, from the Festival

All in all this was a mightily muddy day I shall never forget!

I was back at the Festival three days later to take part in a Radio 4 programme being recorded in the BBC tent. However, that’s another story …

Anneliese Emmans Dean www.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing poetry to life