International Writers' Blog

Dispatches from Hay Festival events from the world’s best writers and performers

20 QUESTIONS... MERERID HOPWOOD

20 QUESTIONS... MERERID HOPWOOD
Poet Mererid Hopwood answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from her favourite books to the hardest question she was ever asked...  

"Arequipa me encantó. Es una combinación entre Cartagena de Indias y Popayán, pero tiene un clima templado de montaña"

La escritora colombiana Pilar Quintana, autora de la novela La Perra (Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana 2019), responde el cuestionario del Hay Festival sobre su paso por el Hay Festival Arequipa, en el que participó en cuatro conversatorios.

the Company of Beggars

the Company of Beggars
Mid Wales Opera's artistic director Richard Studer offers insights behind the company's latest adaptation - Mrs Peachum's Guide to Love and Marriage - coming soon to Hay Festival Winter Weekend...

a conjuring of the written and the writer

a conjuring of the written and the writer
Playwright and poet Owen Sheers looks back on the genesis of his latest play, Unicorns, almost, ahead of its Hay Festival Winter Weekend return...

20 QUESTIONS... JASON BYRNE

20 QUESTIONS... JASON BYRNE
Comedian Jason Byrne answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from his least favourite word to the one thing every writer should know before they begin...

20 QUESTIONS... MIKE PITTS

20 QUESTIONS... MIKE PITTS
Archaeologist Mike Pitts answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from the thing he is most proud of to the last book he read and loved...

20 QUESTIONS... OLIVER BULLOUGH

20 QUESTIONS... OLIVER BULLOUGH
Investigative reporter Oliver Bullough answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from his favourite Festival memory to the hardest question he was ever asked...

From Robotic bees to Ayacucho

From Robotic bees to Ayacucho
Part 5 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2019/20, Alys Conran. Here she travels to Peru for events and workshops in Ayacucho and Arequipa...

20 QUESTIONS... RUPERT READ

20 QUESTIONS... RUPERT READ
Extinction Rebellion's Rupert Read answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from the last book he read and loved to the one question he wants to ask David Attenborough...

Why diversity is a good thing for the natural world and for us

Why diversity is a good thing for the natural world and for us
Ahead of his Hay Festival Arequipa appearance later this week, Michael Way, ecologist  at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, offers his thoughts on the wealth of Peru's biodiversity and the risks to its loss...

20 Questions... Sarah-Louise Young

20 Questions... Sarah-Louise Young
Performer Sarah-Louise Young answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from her least favourite word to the one thing every writer should know before they begin...

20 Questions... Jackie Morris

20 Questions... Jackie Morris
Artist and writer Jackie Morris answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from her favourite books to the hardest question she was ever asked...

20 Questions... Henny Beaumont

20 Questions... Henny Beaumont
Artist Henny Beaumont answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from the best book she was ever gifted to the most famous work of art she has never seen...

20 Questions... Allie Esiri

20 Questions... Allie Esiri
Writer and editor Allie Esiri answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from the last book she read and loved to her favourite Hay Festival memory...

The Gin-fuelled Mrs Peachum

The Gin-fuelled Mrs Peachum
Mid Wales Opera's music director Jonathan Lyness offers insights behind the company's latest adaptation - Mrs Peachum's Guide to Love and Marriage - coming soon to Hay Festival Winter Weekend...

On Alegría, Europe, and an ancient crab

On Alegría, Europe, and an ancient crab
Part 4 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2019/20, Alys Conran. At Hay Festival Segovia in Spain, Brexit and the future of Europe are at the centre of conversation...

Books to inspire

Books to inspire
Iraqi novelist, poet, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker Ahmed Saadawi tells us about the books that have given him hope and changed his mind at Hay Festival Segovia...

Hercules and the Devil

Hercules and the Devil
Part 3 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2019/20, Alys Conran. Arriving to Hay Festival Segovia in Spain she continues her global journey, reflecting on the legends our towns and cities are built on...

Periodo de crispación

Periodo de crispación
El periodista segoviano Aurelio Martín comparte sus reflexiones en vísperas del Hay Festival Segovia 2019.

TRANSMISSION II - A NEW ERA

TRANSMISSION II - A NEW ERA

Glacial retreat expert Professor Jemma Wadham reflects on her involvement in the Trans.MISSION II project, merging climate science with art alongside writer Erika Stockholm at Hay Festival Arequipa in Peru, 7-10 November 2019...