International Writers' Blog

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

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...


Hay Festival is a cradle of story

Hay Festival is a cradle of story
Cherie Dimaline is a Metis fiction writer who has won the Governor General's Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Amy Mathers Award for her latest book The Marrow Thieves, a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2017, which has stayed at the top of the Canadian young reader's bestseller list for over a year.  

Imagining the world y otros mundos

Imagining the world y otros mundos
Ingrid Bejerman es periodista, profesora y promotora cultural, especializada en reportajes de temas latinoamericanos y enseñanza del periodismo. Actualmente es coordinadora de la iniciativa Canada in the Americas en el Instituto McGill para el Estudio de Canadá. 

A Romance with Peru

A Romance with Peru
Rosemary Sullivan is a poet, biographer, and anthologist. She has worked with Amnesty International since 1979, and in 1980 she founded a congress to aid its activities. Sullivan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. In 2015, she won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for Stalin's Daughter, her biography of Svetlana Alliluyeva. Rosemary Sullivan will be part of the Hay Festival Arequipa 2018

Book of the Month 10 QUESTIONS... ROSE TREMAIN

Book of the Month 10 QUESTIONS... ROSE TREMAIN

The Road Home by Rose Tremain is Hay Festival Book of the Month for November. Here she answers our '10 questions' and talks about the novel's contemporary resonance, her favourite fiction, and what she's working on now...

WALES IN 100 OBJECTS | ANDREW GREEN

WALES IN 100 OBJECTS | ANDREW GREEN
Ahead of his appearance at Hay Festival Winter Weekend next month, Andrew Green, a former Librarian of the National Library of Wales and author of Wales in 100 Objects, offers a preview of Object 82: ‘Two Suffragette dolls’... 

Lost in translation | Richard Studer

Lost in translation | Richard Studer

Ahead of Mid Wales Opera's new SmallStages production of Ravel's L'heure espagnole coming to Hay Festival Winter Weekend, Mid Wales Opera's Artistic Director Richard Studer offers an insight into preparing a new translation of this opera comedy...

Welcome to Moneyland | Oliver Bullough

Welcome to Moneyland | Oliver Bullough
Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough offers an exclusive extract of Moneyland - Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back , his compelling story of wealth and power in the 21st century, ahead of his appearance at Hay Festival Winter Weekend...

Book of the Month 10 QUESTIONS... TISHANI DOSHI

Book of the Month 10 QUESTIONS... TISHANI DOSHI
Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi is Hay Festival's Book of the Month for October. Here she answers our '10 questions' and talks about the process of writing poetry, her favourite books of the moment, and what she's working on now...

"A refugee always wants to return"

Our International Fellow 2018-19 Dylan Moore meets Peruvian writer, screenwriter, translator and journalist, Santiago Roncagliolo, at Hay Festival Segovia. The two talk identity, exile, and the future of Europe...

Coexistence, Candido, and a Cathedral

Coexistence, Candido, and a Cathedral
Best-selling novelist Ken Follett joined us at Hay Festival Segovia 2018 to talk about his latest book, A Column of Fire – the third novel in his Kingsbridge Series – which went straight to the No.1 position in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Here he opens up his diary and shares the a few memorable moments from his trip...

END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?

END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?
Professor of Innovation at IE Business School Enrique Dans joined a panel at Hay Festival Segovia 2018 to debate impacts of technology on the workforce. So, is it the end of the world as we know it?

ALL THE STORKS IN SPAIN

ALL THE STORKS IN SPAIN

Part 5 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19 Dylan Moore. In his final dispatch from Hay Festival Segovia 2018, he takes us through the city's Jewish quarter to a gathering of poets on the festival's closing night...

SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH... HANNAH COLLINS

SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH... HANNAH COLLINS
British contemporary artist and film-maker Hannah Collins answers our Hay Festival Segovia Q&A, reflecting on her favourite festival moments, top recommended reads, and her talk on the role of art in promoting coexistence...

FROM THE ROOFTOP

FROM THE ROOFTOP

Part 4 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19 Dylan Moore, travelling to each Hay Festival edition, exploring issues of displacement and exile. In his fourth dispatch from Hay Festival Segovia 2018, he takes us on a tour of Segovia, the historical Spanish city that plays host to our festival every year...

AFTER THE EVENT

AFTER THE EVENT

Part 3 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19 Dylan Moore as he looks at the stereotypes that inform the Spain-UK dialogue


Cita para alquimistas

Cita para alquimistas

El primer festival literario que se cruzó en mi vida fue en Vancouver, Canadá, hace ya algunos años. Casi no podía dar crédito a mis ojos. Los autores se anunciaban en las paradas de autobús y en los frontales de los teatros como si fueran grandes divas de la ópera, y en las taquillas de todas las salas de la ciudad se arremolinaban los lectores haciendo interminables colas para escuchar a su escritor favorito.

“¿Y por qué no?”, pensé al final de aquella jornada.

FAIRYTALE CITY

FAIRYTALE CITY

Part 2 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19 Dylan Moore, travelling to each Hay Festival edition, exploring issues of displacement and exile. Here he offers his first impression of this majestic city...


FIRST EXIT TO MADRID

FIRST EXIT TO MADRID

Part 1 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19 Dylan Moore, travelling to each Hay Festival edition, exploring issues of displacement and exile. In his first dispatch from Hay Festival Segovia 2018, he reflects on what being European means to him today...