International Writers' Blog

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

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.

Key Words, Key Questions

Key Words, Key Questions
Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2021-22 poet and translator Mererid Hopwood reflects on her second outing as our travelling fellow in a year like no other, beaming in to Hay Festival 2021... 

LITERATURE IS THE BEST PASSPORT

LITERATURE IS THE BEST PASSPORT
An extract from The Anthill, set in modern-day Colombia, explores what it means to travel

CREAM OF THE CROP

CREAM OF THE CROP
It's Hay Festival time and that means Shepherds Ice Cream!

WE CAN FIX THIS!

WE CAN FIX THIS!
We are right to worry about climate change, but that worry can be turned into hope and radical optimism. Here are six ways we can start to fix the planet.

'NATURE IS THE LIFE ON WHICH WE DEPEND'

'NATURE IS THE LIFE ON WHICH WE DEPEND'
Without insects, there would be no flowering of plants or flowering of culture either

BORDER COUNTRY IS EVERYWHERE NOW

BORDER COUNTRY IS EVERYWHERE NOW
Dylan Moore explores the significance of living in a border town, and the border countries of Wales and England

GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITY

GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITY
Robert Jones Jr links the issues in his debut novel The Prophets, set in 1800s America, and its legacies worldwide today

MAGIC IN THE LANDSCAPE

MAGIC IN THE LANDSCAPE
Jini Reddy, author of Wanderland, finds inspiration for her writing in natural surroundings – and the market town of Hay

PART MAN, PART MACHINE

PART MAN, PART MACHINE
'Human Cyborg' Peter Scott-Morgan was interviewed at Hay Festival by Stephen Fry on Sat 29 May. He described his transition to Peter 2.0 in order to outlive motor neurone disease

HOW WILL CULTURAL CENTRES EVOLVE POST-PANDEMIC?

HOW WILL CULTURAL CENTRES EVOLVE POST-PANDEMIC?
Charles Saumarez Smith, art historian and former Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Artsthinks local museums and slow visiting will be more popular post-Covid

REFLECTIONS ON THE RIVER WYE

REFLECTIONS ON THE RIVER WYE
Nick Crane on the joy of returning to Hay after a year of lockdown

REDEFINING DYSLEXIA

REDEFINING DYSLEXIA
Kate Griggs, founder of the charity Made By Dyslexia, talks at Hay Festival about the superpowers of Xtraordinary people

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL AT HAY FESTIVAL 2021

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL AT HAY FESTIVAL 2021
Festival stars and special guests chose readings to inspire hope for the future at the launch of Hay Festival 2021

The journey of Lev's violin

The journey of Lev's violin
Helena Attlee tells how coming to Hay takes the story of Lev's violin full circle

POEMS (and fun) ALOUD

POEMS (and fun) ALOUD
Joseph Coelho urged children to shout and whisper when they read their own poems, and Simon Mole reassured them they could write a poem in just ten minutes.