International Writers' Blog

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

Book of the Month Extract - Paradais by Fernanda Melchor

Book of the Month Extract - Paradais by Fernanda Melchor
Paradais by Fernanda Melchor is our Book of the Month for April 2022. Read an extract from the opening of the book here...

Book of the Month Extract - The Instant by Amy Liptrot

Book of the Month Extract - The Instant by Amy Liptrot
The Instant by Amy Liptrot is our Book of the Month for March 2022. Read an extract from the opening of the book here...

Book of the Month 10 Questions - Tessa Hadley

Book of the Month 10 Questions - Tessa Hadley
Free Love by Tessa Hadley is our Book of the Month for January 2022. Here the novelist answers our ten burning questions...

Beacons Project 2021 - Beacons Poem by Reagan McVeigh

Beacons Project 2021 -  Beacons Poem by Reagan McVeigh
Beacons Poem by Beacons Project member Reagan McVeigh...

BEACONS PROJECT 2021 - Soldier-Boy by Tesni Jenkins

BEACONS PROJECT 2021 - Soldier-Boy by Tesni Jenkins
An extract from Soldier-boy by Beacons Project member Tesni Jenkins...

Beacons Project 2021 - Hay-on-Wye by Lleucu Haf

Beacons Project 2021 - Hay-on-Wye by Lleucu Haf
Hay-on-Wye by Beacons Project member Lleucu Haf...

Beacons Project 2021 - The Outsider by Cerys Baker

Beacons Project 2021 - The Outsider by Cerys Baker
The Outsider by Beacons Project member Cerys Baker...

Beacons Project 2021 - Phyllis and Co. by Freya Duncan

Beacons Project 2021 - Phyllis and Co. by Freya Duncan
Phyllis and Co. by Beacons Project member Freya Duncan...

Beacons Project 2021 - Farewell Poem by Elin Williams

Beacons Project 2021 - Farewell Poem by Elin Williams
A poem to celebrate her week in Hay by Beacons Project member Elin Williams...

Beacons Project 2021 - Rain by Cari Hope Davies

Beacons Project 2021 - Rain by Cari Hope Davies
Rain by Beacons Project member Cari Hope Davies...

BEACONS PROJECT 2021 - Significance by Briana Ciobanu

BEACONS PROJECT 2021 - Significance by Briana Ciobanu
Significance by Beacons Project member Briana Ciobanu...

Beacons Project 2021 - The Allotment by Jak Merriman

Beacons Project 2021 - The Allotment by Jak Merriman
The Allotment by Beacons Project member Jak Merriman...

Beacons Project 2021 - The Fairy Door by Mia Robinson

Beacons Project 2021 - The Fairy Door by Mia Robinson
The Fairy Door by Beacons Project member Mia Robinson...

Eating to Extinction: Dan Saladino

Eating to Extinction: Dan Saladino
Dan Saladino will join us at Hay Festival Winter Weekend to discuss the world’s vanishing foods and his argument for why they matter now more than ever. Read an extract from his new book Eating to Extinction here...

God: An Anatomy - Francesca Stavrakopoulou

God: An Anatomy - Francesca Stavrakopoulou
Ahead of her upcoming appearance at Hay Festival Winter Weekend, we're offering an extract of Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou's brand new book, God: An Anatomy.

The Importance of Being Interested - Robin Ince

The Importance of Being Interested - Robin Ince

Comedian Robin Ince joins us at Hay Festival Winter Weekend next month to explain that scientific wonder isn’t just for the professionals. Read an extract of his latest book The Importance of Being Interested here...

Powers and Thrones - Dan Jones

Powers and Thrones - Dan Jones

Dan Jones will join us at Hay Festival Winter Weekend on 26 November to discuss his new historic epic Powers and Thrones. Read an exclusive extract of the novel here...

Magpie - Elizabeth Day

Magpie - Elizabeth Day

Ahead of her upcoming appearance at Hay Festival Winter Weekend, we're offering an exclusive extract from Elizabeth Day's latest novel Magpie...

Broken Greek, a process of elimination

Broken Greek, a process of elimination
Journalist and broadcaster Pete Paphides shares the story behind writing his memoir, Broken Greek, and recommends a few other books music lovers will enjoy...

"Stories await, for it is stories that put Hay on the international map"

Debut novelist Hafsa Zayyan offers her reflections from her first ever visit to Hay-on-Wye, where she joined journalist Sammer Rahim on stage to discuss We Are All Birds of Uganda.