International Writers' Blog

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

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...

"Arequipa es una ciudad que adoro"

El historiador, periodista, escritor y profesor universitario peruano Fernando Iwasaki, autor de Las palabras primas, responde el cuestionario del Hay Festival sobre su paso por el Hay Festival Arequipa, en el que participó en tres conversatorios.

20 QUESTIONS... LINDSAY MCCRAE

20 QUESTIONS... LINDSAY MCCRAE

Wildlife documentary maker Lindsay McCrae answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from the last book he loved to the best question he's ever been asked at an event...

20 QUESTIONS... MERERID HOPWOOD

20 QUESTIONS... MERERID HOPWOOD
Poet Mererid Hopwood answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from her favourite books to the hardest question she was ever asked...  

"Arequipa me encantó. Es una combinación entre Cartagena de Indias y Popayán, pero tiene un clima templado de montaña"

La escritora colombiana Pilar Quintana, autora de la novela La Perra (Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana 2019), responde el cuestionario del Hay Festival sobre su paso por el Hay Festival Arequipa, en el que participó en cuatro conversatorios.

the Company of Beggars

the Company of Beggars
Mid Wales Opera's artistic director Richard Studer offers insights behind the company's latest adaptation - Mrs Peachum's Guide to Love and Marriage - coming soon to Hay Festival Winter Weekend...

a conjuring of the written and the writer

a conjuring of the written and the writer
Playwright and poet Owen Sheers looks back on the genesis of his latest play, Unicorns, almost, ahead of its Hay Festival Winter Weekend return...

20 QUESTIONS... JASON BYRNE

20 QUESTIONS... JASON BYRNE
Comedian Jason Byrne answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from his least favourite word to the one thing every writer should know before they begin...

20 QUESTIONS... MIKE PITTS

20 QUESTIONS... MIKE PITTS
Archaeologist Mike Pitts answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from the thing he is most proud of to the last book he read and loved...

20 QUESTIONS... OLIVER BULLOUGH

20 QUESTIONS... OLIVER BULLOUGH
Investigative reporter Oliver Bullough answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from his favourite Festival memory to the hardest question he was ever asked...

From Robotic bees to Ayacucho

From Robotic bees to Ayacucho
Part 5 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2019/20, Alys Conran. Here she travels to Peru for events and workshops in Ayacucho and Arequipa...

20 QUESTIONS... RUPERT READ

20 QUESTIONS... RUPERT READ
Extinction Rebellion's Rupert Read answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from the last book he read and loved to the one question he wants to ask David Attenborough...

Why diversity is a good thing for the natural world and for us

Why diversity is a good thing for the natural world and for us
Ahead of his Hay Festival Arequipa appearance later this week, Michael Way, ecologist  at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, offers his thoughts on the wealth of Peru's biodiversity and the risks to its loss...

20 Questions... Sarah-Louise Young

20 Questions... Sarah-Louise Young
Performer Sarah-Louise Young answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from her least favourite word to the one thing every writer should know before they begin...

20 Questions... Jackie Morris

20 Questions... Jackie Morris
Artist and writer Jackie Morris answers our 20 questions to mark 20 years of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, from her favourite books to the hardest question she was ever asked...