International Writers Blog

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 1)

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 1)
Dylan Moore is Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, 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...

La fiesta de septiembre

La fiesta de septiembre
Cuando cae septiembre los atardeceres anaranjados acarician la piedra del acueducto y, en el cielo limpio de Segovia, las nubes se transforman convirtiéndose en destellos blanquecinos premonitorios de los lentos copos de nieve del invierno próximo. Un espectáculo irrepetible donde el paisaje es una constante evocación al todo, a momentos atropellados que, con sosiego, tendrían un verso propio. 

Books for everyone – my first visit to Hay

Books for everyone – my first visit to Hay

On 26th May, I made my first visit to the Hay Festival to join Bettany Hughes and John Vidal for a joint event on the power of books to transform lives, ‘It all Starts with a Book’. It was not only my first time on stage at the festival, but also my first visit to Hay and my first time representing Book Aid International at such a high profile event. As someone who is more used to spending time behind the scenes, I was very nervous on the drive down from London. But as soon as I arrived, I realised that those nerves were unfounded...


Memory and mental time travel

Memory and mental time travel
Nicky Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. Here she reflects on her event with Clive Wilkins, artist-in-residence at the Department of Psychology and author of The Moustachio Quartet.

Writers at Work 2018... Widening horizons

Writers at Work 2018... Widening horizons
Ruth Richards is a writer and photographer from Anglesey and one of the 2018 Hay Festival Writers at Work. Here she reflects on her week in Hay...

Inspired by my young questioner

Inspired by my young questioner
Katherine Brown is Head of the Department of Theology and Religion at Birmingham University and joined us at Hay Festival 2018 to talk about muslim women and radicalization. Here's her account of her first festival visit...

Writers at Work 2018... Empty notebooks

Writers at Work 2018... Empty notebooks

Wendy White is an award-winning children's writer from Wales and one of the 2018 Hay Festival Writers at Work. Here she reflects on her week in Hay...

Wild Signs and Star Paths

Wild Signs and Star Paths
Tristan Gooley is author of the internationally bestselling The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs and How to Read Water. At Hay Festival 2018 he led a walk up Offa’s Dyke and spoke about his new book Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to Our Lost Sixth Sense. Here he reflects on his trip to Wales...

A publicist's view

A publicist's view
Kate Farquhar-Thomson is Head of Publicity at Oxford University Press. She shares a behind the scenes look of life at Hay Festival. 

Around the world in 80 trees

Around the world in 80 trees
Trees are one of humanity’s most constant and most varied companions. Jonathan Drori, a trustee of The Woodland Trust and The Eden Project, uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. 

Writers at Work 2018... Great expectations

Writers at Work 2018... Great expectations

Emily Vanderploeg is an Impress Prize-shortlisted writer from Wales and one of the 2018 Hay Festival Writers at Work. She she reflects on her time in Hay...

Write by day, laugh by night

Write by day, laugh by night

Mark Blayney was a Hay Writer at Work in 2016 and 2017. His fiction Doppelgangers and poetry Loud music makes you drive faster are published by Parthian. Here he enjoys comedy at the Hay Festival. 

Writers at Work is a long-term professional development scheme that nurtures Welsh writing talent in both languages. Aspiring authors get unique access to the established writers and industry leaders who gather in Hay for the Festival, learning from them and being inspired by everything they see.  

Literary Festivals and well-being

Literary Festivals and well-being

Sophie Howe is the future Generations Commissioner for Wales.

She tells us about how literary festivals impact on our well-being and ensuring there's a seat for future generations.   

KEEPING FAITH

KEEPING FAITH

Writer Matthew Hall’s compelling drama series, Keeping Faith /Un Bore Merchers,  shot in both Welsh and English language versions, has been one of the greatest successes of the year with over five million viewers. 

The Herefordshire local enjoyed some celebrity collisions in the green room and some emotional encounters in his talk. 

hay in catsuits

hay in catsuits

Following their sell-out UK tour and smash-hit Hay gigs last year, the Scummy Mummies visited the Festival with a brand-new comedy show - dressed as giant vaginas.

Scummy Mummy Helen Thorn gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of how they make their shows quite so scummy. Please spare a thought for poor Carl. 

Writers at Work 2018... Writing with a welsh accent

Writers at Work 2018... Writing with a welsh accent

Eloise Williams won the Wales Arts Review Young People’s Book of the Year in 2014 and is one of the Hay Festival Writers at Work 2018. Writers at Work is a long-term professional development scheme that nurtures Welsh writing talent in both languages. Aspiring authors get unique access to the established writers and industry leaders who gather in Hay for the Festival, learning from them and being inspired by everything they see. 

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

Evolutionary biologist Dr Ben Garrod visited Hay Festival to talk about some roarsome (or were they?) dinosaurs.

Ben busted a few prehistoric myths and his clever young dino-mad fans outsmarted their parents in the dino quiz.

Here he shares some fun dinosaur facts and tells us what makes Hay so special. 



Writers at Work 2018... the creative imagination

Writers at Work 2018... the creative imagination

Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroonian-born, Wales-based writer and one if the 2018 Hay Festival Writers at Work. Here we get a glimpse of the creative imagination and see Eric's changing relationship with the Festival. 

Writers at Work 2018... talking with nightingales

Writers at Work 2018... talking with nightingales

Writer at Work Catrin Kean has had an incredible time, absorbing the wise words shared by writers such as Ian McEwan and Roddy Doyle.

Writers at Work is a long-term professional development scheme that nurtures Welsh writing talent in both languages. Aspiring authors get unique access to the established writers and industry leaders who gather in Hay for the Festival, learning from them and being inspired by everything they see. 

 

I'm a writer?

I'm a writer?

Ene Sepp was part of a panel of writers from France, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Latvia and the UK. They discussed themes of childhood and adolescence and how they're represented in fiction.

Ene tells us about the wisdom and wit of her fellow panellists and her determination for the future.