In her bestselling historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth, now being made into a film, Rosemary Sutcliff once wrote that Marcus, the hero, at his uncle’s house one evening thought the room ” … seemed to shimmer with a faint air of festival …”. A post I read today on a blog that points to this website – thank you – itself seemed to shimmer with the air of the Hay Festival which resident Lesley Arrowsmith loves. Her post, and one before it displaying her self-proclaimed new-found ability to post pictures too, set me thinking: how do we get The Hay Festival to attend more to dead writers whose books are very much alive? Especially Rosemary Sutcliff next year which is now also when the film of The Eagle of the Ninth will be released. Use a Zeppelin?