International Writers' Blog

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

'Hands Up Who Likes Reading?' Guto Harri reports from Hay Festival Abu Dhabi

'Hands Up Who Likes Reading?' Guto Harri reports from Hay Festival Abu Dhabi

On stage is an Arab schoolgirl who published her first book last year, aged 13, cataloguing the “amazing women of Arabia” who inspire her.

Dana Ablooshi is describing her ambition to become an astronaut before setting up her own business. She’s already had training with NASA.

We’re all inspired, and with more than 2,000 children from around 70 schools bussed in for the opening day, it’s hard not to feel energised and up-beat about the future. 

Abu Dhabi is a quintessentially global community and in many ways the crossroads of the world. Native Emiratis are a small minority here and most of the world is represented in the rest of the population. 

Rediscovering Islamic Classics

Rediscovering Islamic Classics
Ahmed El Shamsy talks about Rediscovering Islamic Classics at Hay Festival Abu Dhabi on Thursday 27th February at 4pm.

Un mundo imaginado, unido por las palabras

Un mundo imaginado, unido por las palabras
Gloria Beatriz Salazar de la Cuesta es la maga de los animales y del bosque. Vive en las montañas de los Andes, entre nevados, ríos y guaduales. El viento susurra sus conjuros convertidos en cuentos para seres con corazón de niño.  Las niñas y niños de los Hay Festival de Jericó, Medellín y Cartagena disfrutaron de sus cuentos e imaginación.

El Hay Festival hace realidad el sueño del 'Boom' hispanoamericano

El Hay Festival hace realidad el sueño del 'Boom' hispanoamericano
Novelista y periodista cultural, Sergio Vila-Sanjuan es director del suplemento Cultura/s del diario La Vanguardia. Ha publicado ensayos periodísticos y ha recopilado sus artículos y reportajes. Es autor de la Trilogía de Barcelona que cubre un siglo de vida barcelonesa desde la memoria familiar y la crónica social. La integran las novelas Una heredera de Barcelona (2010), Estaba en el aire (2013, Premio Nadal) y El informe Casabona (2017). Ha sido parte del Hay Festival Cartagena 2020.

Encounters

Encounters
Muriel Barbery is the author of Gourmet Rhapsody (2000), winner of the Meilleur Livre de Littérature Gourmande award; The Elegance of the Hedgehog, (Europa, 2008), which was translated for publication in 44 countries, won the French Booksellers’ Prize and was made into a film; The Life of Elves (Europa, 2015); and A Strange Country (Europa, 2019).  She took part in Hay Festival Cartagena 2020.

Rencontres

Rencontres
Muriel Barbery est l'auteur de Gourmet Rhapsody (2000), lauréate du prix Meilleur Livre de Littérature Gourmande; L'élégance du hérisson (Europa, 2008), qui a été traduite pour publication dans 44 pays, a remporté le Prix des libraires et a été transformée en film; La Vie des elfes (Europa, 2015); et Un étrange pays (Europa, 2019). Elle a participé au Hay Festival Cartagena 2020.

"I was moved by the residents’ genuine response to stories"

Marie Arana is a writer, publisher, journalist and member of the Library of Congress’s Council of the Learned. She has published a book about Simón Bolívar, Bolívar: American Liberator that won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Biography category. She has been part of Hay Festival Cartagena and Medellín 2020.

Luminosa y refrescante

Luminosa y refrescante
La escritora, antropóloga, editora e investigadora peruana Karina Pacheco nos habla de su experiencia en el Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2020, tras disfrutar también de los festivales de Querétaro y Arequipa, en 2019.

#SCRIBBLERSTOUR DAY 4 - "I have a flood in my blood that’s blue"

#SCRIBBLERSTOUR DAY 4 -
A fourth dispatch from poet, broadcaster, performer and linguist Aneirin Karadog from the Hay Festival Scribblers Tour 2020 as our writers travel to Cardiff Met...

#SCRIBBLERSTOUR DAY 3 - May your Jedi journey continue!

#SCRIBBLERSTOUR DAY 3 - May your Jedi journey continue!
Poet, broadcaster, performer and linguist Aneirin Karadog shares his third dispatch from the Hay Festival Scribblers Tour 2020 as our writers hit Swansea...

#SCRIBBLERSTOUR DAY 2 - “We should eat diabetes!”

#SCRIBBLERSTOUR DAY 2 - “We should eat diabetes!”
A second dispatch from poet, broadcaster, performer and linguist Aneirin Karadog from the Hay Festival Scribblers Tour 2020 as our writers travel to Aberystwyth University...

#ScribblersTour day 1 - Mae Taith y Sgriblwyr ar y Lôn!

#ScribblersTour day 1 - Mae Taith y Sgriblwyr ar y Lôn!
Poet, broadcaster, performer and linguist Aneirin Karadog shares the first dispatch from the Hay Festival Scribblers Tour 2020 as our writers kick things off at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

Hay Carreta 2020

Hay Carreta 2020

Se inicia la XV versión del Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, del 30 de enero al 2 de febrero de 2020, evento donde se encuentran los escritores y con sus lectores, con el ingrediente adicional de ser una de las fiestas literarias que va buscando espacios a lo largo y ancho de nuestra geografía nacional, para propiciar el encuentro de lectores con los invitados que cada año llegan al país. Gracias a este evento cultural he tenido la oportunidad de escuchar a los más distinguidos representantes de la literatura universal contemporánea.

TRANS.MISSION II - Becoming the glacier

TRANS.MISSION II - Becoming the glacier

Glacial retreat expert Professor Jemma Wadham reflects on her involvement in the Trans.MISSION II project, merging glacial retreat research with art alongside writer and actress Erika Stockholm at Hay Festival Arequipa in Peru...

Magic

Magic
Poet, book blogger and PhD student Rachel Carney shares her thoughts after the Hay Festival Winter Weekend Writers at Work day and the joy of receiving feedback from fellow writers...

Lost for words

Lost for words
Jackie Morris reflects on her 2019 Winter Weekend experience, conjuring foxes on stage as she presented The Lost Words in Welsh alongside Mererid Hopwood...

The Story of Welsh

The Story of Welsh
Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2019/20 Alys Conran shares her thoughts on the Welsh language in an international context after her Hay Festival panel at Aberystwyth University's Our Voice in the World event...

Fret, an extract

Fret, an extract
After taking part in our Writers at Work seminar during Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2019, author Rhiannon Hooson shares an extract from her upcoming novel, Fret... 

20 QUESTIONS... TOM HOLLAND

20 QUESTIONS... TOM HOLLAND

Historian and author of Dominion Tom Holland answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from his favourite books to the hardest question he was ever asked...  

20 QUESTIONS... HALLIE RUBENHOLD

20 QUESTIONS... HALLIE RUBENHOLD

Author of Hay Festival Book of the Year 2019, The Five, Hallie Rubenhold answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from her least favourite word to the book she's most looking forward to reading in 2020...