Festive magic at Hay Winter Weekend

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2014

28–30 NOVEMBER 2014

Join us for tales of adventure and Christmas inspiration. This year we are joined by Booker Prize-winner Eleanor Catton, language experts David and Ben Crystal, Laura Bates, creator of the Everyday Sexism project, Danny Dorling on inequality, and comedian Danny Ward, among many others.

There's also lots for children and families to enjoy, with workshops, magical puppet shows and Christmas crafts. With events throughout the town, as well as Christmas shopping in Hay's many lovely shops, it's a perfect weekend! The 2014 programme will be on sale in late October.

Africa39 Project

Hay Festival Africa39

12 OCTOBER 2014

Africa39 is a project created by Hay Festival and Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, which aims to select and celebrate 39 of the best African south of the Sahara and dispora writers under the age of 40.

An anthology of pieces by the 39 writers, published in English by Bloomsbury, was launched on 12 October at the Southbank Centre. Africa39 writers who took part included Clifton Gachagua (Kenya), Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia) and Stanley Kenani (Malawi), the anthology's editor Ellah Alfrey, and the researcher of the longlist Binyavanga Wainaina, founder of the Nairobi-based literary magazine Kwani?

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Inspiration in Mexico

Hay Festival Xalapa 2014

2–5 OCTOBER 2014

The fourth edition of Hay Festival Xalapa in Mexico featured more than 70 opportunities for conversation and debate with outstanding authors including Salman Rushdie, Joumana Haddad, Margo Glantz and Sergio González Rodríguez; as well as cineaste Rithy Panh, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, scientists Alan Weisman and Paul Bogard, and artists such as Abraham Cruzvillegas.

Hay Festivalito, our programme for children, young people and families, offered events and workshops for all ages; while photographer Kim Manresa, graphic novelist Killoffer and many emerging Xalapeño artists provided a spectacular range of visual arts. And we danced the nights away to the funky sounds of Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, Daniel Johnston and Concha Buika.

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Hay gathers people together to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be. It's a big conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure. We share stories and ideas with great international writers and thinkers, film-makers, historians and novelists, philosophers, environmentalists, poets and scientists. And at night we like to party with the greatest comedians and musicians. It's a bunch of mates hanging out in a field with time to think, finding the inspiration to re-imagine the world. Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'the Woodstock of the mind'.

The festival is in its 27th year in Hay, a magical book town in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We also create festivals in cities around the world every year from Cartagena to Dhaka, and from Beirut to Nairobi.

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