5 things inspiring Hay Festival's Christopher Bone right now

5 things inspiring Hay Festival's Christopher Bone right now

Christopher Bone is publicity director for Hay Festival, the international events series bringing writers and readers together in conversations all over the world. He was selected as one of The Bookseller's Rising Stars 2017 and is shortlisted for the CIPR's Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year 2018. 

With Hay Festival Wales taking place this week, he shares five things inspiring him to think and work differently right now.


Hardware: Macbook Pro. The Touch Bar makes up for the lack of USB ports: every emoji at your finger tips. The way it syncs with your phone so you can copy and paste text between the two is magic. And the improved battery life is extremely helpful if you, like me, are prone to forgetting your charger... Apart from that it's pen and paper. I still keep a physical 'To Do' list written out.

Software: WhatsApp. I'd only ever used it for chatting to family and friends until last year's festival when we set up groups for press, photographers and our Press Office team. We were able to set up photo calls and press conferences with speakers at a moments notice and found it halved the number of emails we were sending internally (always a good thing).

Book: Bogotá 39: New Voices from Latin America is a vibrant smorgasbord of stories from the Hay Festival Bogotá 39, a selection of great writers from across Latin America under the age of 40. Not only is it a wonderful book to read, but the work that has gone into it - the selection, the writing, the translating, and the global collaboration behind it involving 18 independent publishers - is hugely inspiring. We're working with Oneworld Publications in the UK and it couldn't be more fun.

Idea: "Think global, act local" - overused corporate mantra it may be, but Hay shows that cultural organisations working sustainably at a hyper-local level really can have a global impact. The fight to keep open the local library gets as much attention as any of the star speakers or international projects we run

Person: Arthur Bone, my grandad. He was born into a steel working family in the Victorian Terraces of downtown Middlesbrough. By 23 he was an Associate Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and from there he travelled the world working on some monumental engineering projects, from Wales to Australia. By all accounts he was a worrier with a meticulous attention to detail. What I remember him for is his cartoons and sense of humour.