The Hay Festival takes place every summer in the Wye Valley; in and around the market town of Hay-on-Wye. Hay sits on the Welsh border, half an hour’s drive from the Brecon Beacons, nestled in the foot of a wooded valley within an area of outstanding natural beauty.    Hay represents a real escape from the stress and...

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! That’s certainly the view of most teachers and educators. Everyone can see that the majority of children play games, and indeed, obsess over them. Any parent whose progeny has got into Clash of Clans or Minecraft can see how consuming this pastime can become, and also – it must be said – how...

People are obsessed with books. Reading, yes, but also books as tactile objects. To hold, to carry around, to gaze upon, to smell the pages of (it’s not just me, I’ve seen other people do it too). What does paradise look like to these people? Hogwarts library of course. Or, let’s be honest, any library. With shelves...

I was home-schooled until I was almost eight, and I really cannot emphasise enough what a positive and long-term impact this has had on me.  I would go so far, in fact, as to credit this experience almost entirely for any successes I have had. Yes, stubbornness may also play a part, but I hope I can show you the...