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-winners Eleanor Catton and Graham Swift, 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!

Tickets are on sale now.


Welcome to the Hay Levels

Hay Levels 2014


On his way to speak at Hay Festival, superstar mathematician Marcus du Sautoy gave a bunch of A Level students a masterclass in the back of a minibus. It was a #lightbulbmoment. So we asked more of our inspiring university teachers to share their subjects with us direct. Here are their 3-minute #haylevels...



Our festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

20–22 NOVEMBER 2014

Now in its fourth year, Hay Festival Dhaka spans three full days, with events in multiple venues. The festival takes inspiration from Bangladesh's great literary tradition while broadening its horizons.

Creative thinkers from the region and thirteen different countries engage with the vibrant, energetic and politically savvy audience. Come and join some of the world’s leading writers, performers and thinkers at this energetic, thought-provoking festival.


Our Friends contribute ideas and recommendations and are our most valued customers. Their investment allows us to fund vital education work, supports our environmental aims and seeds the development of the festival. Friends enjoy Priority Booking, a Friends Entrance at each of our festival venues, membership cards, the Friends Café on the festival site and regular email newsletters throughout the year, as well as exclusive offers for one-off events.

Membership lasts for 12 months and costs £25 for single or £40 for double membership. Give a Hay Festival Friends Membership as a gift for a year of events to look forward to and recommendations to enjoy! Join the Friends or buy Gift Membership here...

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Highlights from Wales

Hay Festival 2014


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Watch or listen to 2014 events online at hayfestival.org/media


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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.

Please join us. You'll be most welcome.

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