Hay Festival Compass

Hay Festival Compass is a space to learn, be inspired and discover for older teenagers and students. For imaginative learning resources, internships and free access to some of the world’s best speakers, join us on-site and online.

Watch the HAY LEVELS, find out more about the HAY ACADEMY and about prospective universities or degree subjects from academics, admissions tutors and students from Hay Festival partnership Universities. Free drop in.

Hay Compass Tent

Drop in to the Hay Compass Tent at the Festival for workshops and to find out more about degree subjects from academics representing the Hay Festival partnership Universities.

Reading in Hay Festival Bookshop

Hay Compass Blog

Do you have a passion for writing? Join the Hay Compass Blog. To find out more, join our Hay Compass writers’ mailing list, or contact compass@hayfestival.com.

Blue Peter Book Awards in the Hay Festival Bookshop

Hay Levels

The Hay Levels YouTube Channel features bite-size lessons from the world’s most inspiring academics and speakers, including Richard Dawkins, Germaine Greer, Simon Schama and Angie Hobbs. Watch online here or come to the Hay Festival Compass Tent.

Hay Levels

Hay Academy: Internships and Work Experience

The Hay Academy offers opportunities for photographers, journalists, live arts management, press and marketing.

Stephen Fry at Hay Festival

Students come free to the Festival!

If you are in full-time Further Education, you are entitled to free tickets for up to five events*. Call the Box Office on 01497 822 629 on or after 3 May. You will need to have your first and second choice event numbers and a credit or debit card to pay a £10 deposit – refunded when you collect your tickets and present your valid student ID.

*subject to T & Cs

Hay Festival

Follow #Compass for the programme and updates on writing for young adults. This is where you will find reading recommendations and the latest award-winning writers.

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