International Writers' Blog

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

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...

Question, disrupt, resist

Question, disrupt, resist
American writer Leni Zumas, winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Award for her national bestselling novel Red Clocks, reflects on her Hay Forum Dallas experience and the role of writers to change the world...

Last Exit from Madrid

Last Exit from Madrid
The 15th and final dispatch from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. Here he departs the final edition  of his fellowship, Hay Festival Querétaro, and reflects on the 12-month journey...

The Gathering Voice

The Gathering Voice
Part 2 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2019/20, Alys Conran. At Hay Festival Querétaro she begins her global project, offering pieces of Welsh slate for women writers to fill with their words...

Independence Day

Independence Day
Part 14 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. Here he reflects on ideas of nationhood during the final adventure of his fellowships, Hay Festival Querétaro...

In My Ears And In My Eyes

In My Ears And In My Eyes
Part 13 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. Here he arrives for his final Festival of his fellowships, Hay Festival Querétaro...

The Rabbit in the Moon

The Rabbit in the Moon
Part 1 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2019/20, Alys Conran. Here she travels to Hay Festival Querétaro, 20 years since her first trip to Mexico...

It's about connection, not size

It's about connection, not size
A few days before the start of Hay Forum Dallas at The Wild Detectives bookstore in Texas, organiser Javier García del Moral reflects on last minute anxieties, hopes, and inspiration...

How local knowledge can help us to protect our planet

How local knowledge can help us to protect our planet
Ahead of her Hay Festival Querétaro appearance next month, Dr Tiziana Ulian, Plant Ecologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, gives an overview of her new book - Wild Plants for a Sustainable Future - and Mexico's role in modern botany and conservation work.

Mental Health is Health

Mental Health is Health
The author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet, as well as many adult and children's novels, shares his thoughts on how we can all improve our mental health.

Recognising your voice when writing

Recognising your voice when writing
Pat Barker teases out the complex subject of finding your voice, trusting your instinct and the pertinence of historical fiction today. 

creative writing is in danger

creative writing is in danger
Prue Leith has many strings to her bow as a food and fiction writer alongside Judging 'The Great British Bake Off' on Channel 4. Here she discusses how she splits her time between her two genres of writing.

Writers at Work

Writers at Work
Writers at Work is a long-term professional development strategy which seeks to nurture and fine-tune the voices of the next generation of Welsh writers. It gives the writers a chance to engage in the festival, learn about the publishing industry and work on their writing through a host of masterclass workshops. Wendy White reflects on her time and everything she gained from the experience. 

From Audience Member to Award-Winning Author

From Audience Member to Award-Winning Author
Sara Barnard, winner of this year's YA Book Prize for her novel Goodbye, Perfect, shares her experiences planning the book at Hay in 2016 and now attending as an award-winning author.

Gwerth y deg diwrnod rhyfeddol

Gwerth y deg diwrnod rhyfeddol
Mae'r awdur Meg Elis yn myfyrio ar ei chyfnod yng Nghwyl y Gelli'r flwyddyn hon. 

The Beacons Project: Creative responses

The Beacons Project: Creative responses
After immersing themselves in all things literary, our Beacons Project students share their creative responses to Hay Festival 2019.