International Writers' Blog

Lost in translation | Richard Studer

Lost in translation | Richard Studer

Ahead of Mid Wales Opera's new SmallStages production of Ravel's L'heure espagnole coming to Hay Festival Winter Weekend, Mid Wales Opera's Artistic Director Richard Studer offers an insight into preparing a new translation of this opera comedy...

Welcome to Moneyland | Oliver Bullough

Welcome to Moneyland | Oliver Bullough
Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough offers an exclusive extract of Moneyland - Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back , his compelling story of wealth and power in the 21st century, ahead of his appearance at Hay Festival Winter Weekend...

10 QUESTIONS... TISHANI DOSHI

10 QUESTIONS... TISHANI DOSHI
Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi is Hay Festival's Book of the Month for October. Here she answers our '10 questions' and talks about the process of writing poetry, her favourite books of the moment, and what she's working on now...

"A refugee always wants to return"

Our International Fellow 2018-19 Dylan Moore meets Peruvian writer, screenwriter, translator and journalist, Santiago Roncagliolo, at Hay Festival Segovia. The two talk identity, exile, and the future of Europe...

Coexistence, Candido, and a Cathedral

Coexistence, Candido, and a Cathedral
Best-selling novelist Ken Follett joined us at Hay Festival Segovia 2018 to talk about his latest book, A Column of Fire – the third novel in his Kingsbridge Series – which went straight to the No.1 position in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Here he opens up his diary and shares the a few memorable moments from his trip...

END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?

END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?
Professor of Innovation at IE Business School Enrique Dans joined a panel at Hay Festival Segovia 2018 to debate impacts of technology on the workforce. So, is it the end of the world as we know it?

SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH... HANNAH COLLINS

SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH... HANNAH COLLINS
British contemporary artist and film-maker Hannah Collins answers our Hay Festival Segovia Q&A, reflecting on her favourite festival moments, top recommended reads, and her talk on the role of art in promoting coexistence...

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 4)

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 4)
In his fourth dispatch from Hay Festival Segovia 2018, Dylan Moore takes us on a tour of Segovia, the historical Spanish city that plays host to our festival every year. Dylan is Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, travelling to each Hay Festival edition, exploring issues of displacement and exile.

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 3)

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 3)
In his third dispatch from Hay Festival Segovia 2018, following his first event, Dylan Moore looks at the stereotypes that inform the Spain-UK dialogue. Dylan is Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, travelling to each Hay Festival edition, exploring issues of displacement and exile.

Cita para alquimistas

Cita para alquimistas

El primer festival literario que se cruzó en mi vida fue en Vancouver, Canadá, hace ya algunos años. Casi no podía dar crédito a mis ojos. Los autores se anunciaban en las paradas de autobús y en los frontales de los teatros como si fueran grandes divas de la ópera, y en las taquillas de todas las salas de la ciudad se arremolinaban los lectores haciendo interminables colas para escuchar a su escritor favorito.

“¿Y por qué no?”, pensé al final de aquella jornada.

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 2)

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 2)
In his second dispatch from Hay Festival Segovia 2018, Dylan Moore offers his first impression of this fairytale city. Dylan  is Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, travelling to each Hay Festival edition, exploring issues of displacement and exile.

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 1)

... FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL FELLOW - DYLAN MOORE (PART 1)
Dylan Moore is Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, travelling to each Hay Festival edition, exploring issues of displacement and exile. In his first dispatch from Hay Festival Segovia 2018, he reflects on what being European means to him today...

La fiesta de septiembre

La fiesta de septiembre
Cuando cae septiembre los atardeceres anaranjados acarician la piedra del acueducto y, en el cielo limpio de Segovia, las nubes se transforman convirtiéndose en destellos blanquecinos premonitorios de los lentos copos de nieve del invierno próximo. Un espectáculo irrepetible donde el paisaje es una constante evocación al todo, a momentos atropellados que, con sosiego, tendrían un verso propio. 

10 QUESTIONS... COLM TÓIBÍN

10 QUESTIONS... COLM TÓIBÍN
House of Names by Colm Tóibín is Hay Festival's Book of the Month for August. Here he answers our '10 questions' and talks about the process of writing, his favourite books of the moment, and what he's working on now...

Books for everyone – my first visit to Hay

Books for everyone – my first visit to Hay

On 26th May, I made my first visit to the Hay Festival to join Bettany Hughes and John Vidal for a joint event on the power of books to transform lives, ‘It all Starts with a Book’. It was not only my first time on stage at the festival, but also my first visit to Hay and my first time representing Book Aid International at such a high profile event. As someone who is more used to spending time behind the scenes, I was very nervous on the drive down from London. But as soon as I arrived, I realised that those nerves were unfounded...


Memory and mental time travel

Memory and mental time travel
Nicky Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. Here she reflects on her event with Clive Wilkins, artist-in-residence at the Department of Psychology and author of The Moustachio Quartet.

Writers at Work 2018... Widening horizons

Writers at Work 2018... Widening horizons
Ruth Richards is a writer and photographer from Anglesey and one of the 2018 Hay Festival Writers at Work. Here she reflects on her week in Hay...

Inspired by my young questioner

Inspired by my young questioner
Katherine Brown is Head of the Department of Theology and Religion at Birmingham University and joined us at Hay Festival 2018 to talk about muslim women and radicalization. Here's her account of her first festival visit...

Writers at Work 2018... Empty notebooks

Writers at Work 2018... Empty notebooks

Wendy White is an award-winning children's writer from Wales and one of the 2018 Hay Festival Writers at Work. Here she reflects on her week in Hay...

Wild Signs and Star Paths

Wild Signs and Star Paths
Tristan Gooley is author of the internationally bestselling The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs and How to Read Water. At Hay Festival 2018 he led a walk up Offa’s Dyke and spoke about his new book Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to Our Lost Sixth Sense. Here he reflects on his trip to Wales...