Quakers at Hay Festival (and why Bath Quaker News is a week late)

Two Quakers featured prominently at the recent Hay Literary Festival. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, from Bradford on Avon, discussed a Quaker approach to science with journalist Rosie Boycott. She was billed to speak about “how her Quaker faith has informed the life and work of one of the world’s greatest scientists, celebrated for her discovery of pulsars when she was a postgraduate student in 1967, and now the Oxford Professor of Astrophysics.”

Award-winning author Sally Nicholls spoke with Anne Cassidy and Keren David in a session Secrets, Dreams and Stolen Lives. Sally is author of the best-selling Ways To Live Forever. Her new book is Close Your Pretty Eyes.

  • Editors’ note: Hay also welcomed fresh from Bath legendary Harlem civil rights activits The Last Poets, whose eventful visit to Bath was organised by William and Aliya Heath. They came to undertake an intimate benefit performance at Fairfield, the former House of Haile Selassie I.

The Poets left a lasting impression. They were marvellous houseguests; they did a spellbinding performance; and Aliya tore a shoulder muscle fluffing an extra-large duvet for the giant percussionist Baba. The shoulder will take 6-8 weeks to recover; all this has taken a toll on the Editors’ household routine. We therefore have to apologise for the fact that June’s Bath Quaker News is a week late.

Bath Spa station: putting Poets on the train to Hay.

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