International Writers' Blog

Dispatches from Hay Festival events from the world’s best writers and performers

Scribbling Dreams

Scribbling Dreams
Hay Festival Scribblers Tour takes award-winning writers direct to thousands of school pupils across Wales in inspiring free events. Hip Hop artist and poet Karl Nova shares his diary from the tour's first week of 2019...

Hay Festival 2019, como en casa

Hay Festival 2019, como en casa
Irene Vasco es autora de libros para niños y jóvenes. Algunos de sus libros más reconocidos son Conjuros y sortilegios, Mambrú perdió la guerra, Jero Carapálida (saga para niños), Paso a paso, Cambio de voz y Lugares fantásticos de Colombia. Fue fundadora de Librería Espantapájaros y de Espantapájaros Taller en Bogotá. Actualmente hace parte de emilibro.com, como consultora y editora de libros digitales para niños y jóvenes.

La Beca Michael Jacobs y un viaje volcánico

La Beca Michael Jacobs y un viaje volcánico
Sabrina Duque es una periodista y traductora ecuatoriana, que ganó la Beca Michael Jacobs de crónica viajera en 2018. Sus historias han sido traducidas al portugués, italiano e inglés. En 2015 fue finalista del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo, categoría Texto, con el perfil Vasco Pimentel: el oidor, publicado en la revista Etiqueta Negra. En 2019 ha participado en el Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, Medellín y Jericó.

Cartagena Cosmovisions I: Every atom belonging to me

Cartagena Cosmovisions I: Every atom belonging to me
Part 12 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. In this dispatch from Hay Festival Cartagena he reflects on cosmovisions, contradictions, and what happens when you gather writers from around the world to exchange ideas...

Libraries Gave Us Power: A Letter to Llandrindod, from Medellín

Libraries Gave Us Power: A Letter to Llandrindod, from Medellín

Part 11 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. With news that Powys, Wales, will close 10 libraries, Dylan Moore writes from Medellín, Colombia, where libraries form the heart of civic regeneration...

10 Questions... Elif Shafak

10 Questions... Elif Shafak
Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak is Hay Festival Book of the Month for February. Here, the best-selling novelist answers our 10 questions and talks about faith, identity and the danger of absolute truths...

Medellín in 2.4 Hours

Medellín in 2.4 Hours
Part 10 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. Arriving in Medellín for a whirlwind festival stop, he joins writer and Colombian literacy campaigner Irene Vasco for a tour of the city... 

Public spaces are more crucial than ever before

Public spaces are more crucial than ever before
Amanda Levete CBE is an award-winning British architect and the founder and principal of AL_A. Her recent projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London, the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, commissioned by EDP; Central Embassy, a 1.5 million sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok; and a media campus and headquarters building for the broadcaster Sky in London.
 

'Americanah' review

'Americanah' review
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is Hay Festival Book of the Month for January. Ahead of meeting Adichie at Hay Festival Cartagena, Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19 Dylan Moore offers his take on the classic novel...

10 Questions... Horatio Clare

10 Questions... Horatio Clare
Something of his Art by Horatio Clare is Hay Festival Book of the Month for December. Here he answers our '10 questions' and talks about and following the footsteps of Bach, life as a travel writer, and his favourite books...

Bringing Henry VIII to Hay

Bringing Henry VIII to Hay
Historian Tracy Borman appeared at Hay Festival Winter Weekend to discuss her new book Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. Here she shares her thoughts on the "town of books"...

Making Hay: diary of a first-timer speaker

Making Hay: diary of a first-timer speaker
Historian and curator Andrew Green joined us at Hay Festival Winter Weekend to present his new book Wales in 100 Objects. He reflects on is first Hay appearance...

Please Mind Your Head

Please Mind Your Head

Canadian writer Katie Munnik reflects on a day of self-development at Hay Festival Winter Weekend where she took part in the Literature Wales Writers at Work sessions...

Sea of strangers, gathering of friends

Sea of strangers, gathering of friends
Writer, poet and musician Gwyneth Glyn presented the live experience of her new album Tro at Hay Festival Winter Weekend on Saturday 24 November 2018 with band members Rowan Rheingans, Dylan Fowler and Gillian Stevens. And a warm Hay welcome was waiting...

Clashing cultures: L'heure espagnole

Clashing cultures: L'heure espagnole
Ahead of Mid Wales Opera's new SmallStages production of Ravel's L'heure espagnole launching Hay Festival Winter Weekend, Mid Wales Opera's Music Director Jonathan Lyness offers an insight into the new musical arrangement for the piece.

Desde el Hay Festival Arequipa: Frank Báez

Desde el Hay Festival Arequipa: Frank Báez
Frank Báez (Santo Domingo, 1978) es autor de los poemarios PostalesAnoche soñé que era un DJ Llegó el fin del mundo a mi barrio. Ha publicado un volumen de cuentos, Págales tú a los psicoanalistas, tres libros de crónicas reunidos en La Trilogía de los Festivales y una recopilación de ensayos titulada Lo que trajo el mar. Recientemente publicó Este es el futuro que estabas esperando. Fue seleccionado por el Hay Festival dentro de la lista de autores del Bogotá 39-2017. 

Charlas: Conversations outside the Cathedral

Charlas: Conversations outside the Cathedral

Part 9 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. From queso helado to black holes, Dylan reflects on the conversations underway at Hay Festival Arequipa...

Janne and Juanita

Janne and Juanita

Part 8 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. At Hay Festival Arequipa, Dylan speaks to Danish writer Janne Teller and visits Momia Juanita...


Mario, Gonzalo, Emmet & Me

Mario, Gonzalo, Emmet & Me
Part 7 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. As Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa headlines the day at Hay Festival Arequipa, Moore revisits his essay 'My Son the Rastafarian' and its timeless message on the challenges of adolescence...


ROVER OF THE ANDES

ROVER OF THE ANDES

Part 6 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. Here he travels to Hay Festival Arequipa, 36,000 feet over the Andes, in search of his own lost treasure...