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Chair, Hay Festival Foundation
Thanks to the many generous donations received, the Hay Festival Foundation is delighted to support the Hay Festival's 34th spring edition, broadcasting for free online from Hay-on-Wye to the world 26 May-6 June. Over 11 days, more than 200 acclaimed writers, global policy makers, historians, poets, pioneers and innovators join us to inspire, examine and entertain in events for all ages.
Each year we bring 10,000 children from 220 schools to the free school days in Hay
A video project sharing the work of academics, actors, directors and film-makers celebrating Shakespeare's plays
Rosie Boycott, Nik Gowing, Dylan Jones Chair, Nick Jones, Caroline Michel, Maurice Saatchi