International Writers' Blog

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

Thoughts on Libraries with Michael Rosen

Thoughts on Libraries with Michael Rosen
Beloved children's author Michael Rosen reflects why libraries are so vital and important in our communities.

10 Questions... P. G. Bell

10 Questions... P. G. Bell
P.G. Bell, author of The Train to Impossible Places, a nonstop middle-grade fantasy adventure as fun as it is full of heart, answers our questions about Hay and his favourite children's books. 

9 Questions... Ian Robertson

9 Questions... Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson, beloved BBC sports commentator and author of Rugby: Talking A Good Life answers several questions about Hay Festival and literature.

10 Questions... Marion Turner

10 Questions... Marion Turner
Marion Turner, author of the first major biography of Chaucer for a generation, Chaucer: A European Life, answers our 10 questions all about Hay.

10 Questions... Matt Morgan

10 Questions... Matt Morgan
Matt Morgan, author of Critical: Science and stories from the brink of human life, answers our 10 questions all about the Hay Festival experience and, of course, his new book.

9 Questions... Daniel Davis

9 Questions... Daniel Davis
Award winning science writer Daniel Davis talks about his latest book, The Beautiful Cure and answers nine questions related to his time at Hay Festival, his favourite books and some advice that he would offer his sixteen-year-old self. 

10 Questions... Caroline Lawrence

10 Questions... Caroline Lawrence
Million-copy-selling children's author of The Roman Mysteries and The Time Travel Diaries, Caroline Lawrence, answers our 10 questions including her thoughts on Hay and her favourite reads.

10 Questions... Violet Moller

10 Questions... Violet Moller
Historian Violet Moller tells us about her new book - The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities - ahead of her Hay Festival Wales appearance...

#GREENHAY preview

#GREENHAY preview
Zoe Sear, head of marketing and communications at Triodos Bank UK, handpicks the sustainability-focused talks she’s most looking forward to at Hay Festival 2019...

Ben Rawlence introduces Black Mountains College

Ben Rawlence introduces Black Mountains College
Ben Rawlence, director of Black Mountains College, tells us more about this new educational initiative in the Brecon Beacons National Park ahead of its launch at Hay Festival Wales...

10 Questions... Nina Stibbe

10 Questions... Nina Stibbe
Nina Stibbe, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2019 for her novel Reasons To be Cheerful, answers our 10 questions ahead of her Hay Festival Wales appearance...

10 Questions... Anita Anand

10 Questions... Anita Anand

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary is Hay Festival Book of the Month for May. Here Anand answers our '10 questions' and talks about the challenge of writing forgotten history, the most shocking discoveries she encountered and her favourite books of the moment...

Meet the Haymakers - Christopher Hamilton, medal maker

Meet the Haymakers - Christopher Hamilton, medal maker

Awarded annually since Britain’s Olympic year in 2012, Hay Festival Medals draw inspiration from the original Olympic medal given for poetry. Here, silversmith Christopher Hamilton tells us how they are made...

Why be happy?

Why be happy?
An extract from Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Hay Festival Book of the Month for April and a generous, honest and true memoir full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life.

The Old Ways - Paths

The Old Ways - Paths
An extract from Robert Macfarlane's The Old Ways, Hay Festival Book of the Month for March and a  genre-defining meditation on walking and writing.

Scribbling Dreams

Scribbling Dreams
Hay Festival Scribblers Tour takes award-winning writers direct to thousands of school pupils across Wales in inspiring free events. Hip Hop artist and poet Karl Nova shares his diary from the tour's first week of 2019...

Hay Festival 2019, como en casa

Hay Festival 2019, como en casa
Irene Vasco es autora de libros para niños y jóvenes. Algunos de sus libros más reconocidos son Conjuros y sortilegios, Mambrú perdió la guerra, Jero Carapálida (saga para niños), Paso a paso, Cambio de voz y Lugares fantásticos de Colombia. Fue fundadora de Librería Espantapájaros y de Espantapájaros Taller en Bogotá. Actualmente hace parte de emilibro.com, como consultora y editora de libros digitales para niños y jóvenes.

La Beca Michael Jacobs y un viaje volcánico

La Beca Michael Jacobs y un viaje volcánico
Sabrina Duque es una periodista y traductora ecuatoriana, que ganó la Beca Michael Jacobs de crónica viajera en 2018. Sus historias han sido traducidas al portugués, italiano e inglés. En 2015 fue finalista del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo, categoría Texto, con el perfil Vasco Pimentel: el oidor, publicado en la revista Etiqueta Negra. En 2019 ha participado en el Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, Medellín y Jericó.

Cartagena Cosmovisions I: Every atom belonging to me

Cartagena Cosmovisions I: Every atom belonging to me
Part 12 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. In this dispatch from Hay Festival Cartagena he reflects on cosmovisions, contradictions, and what happens when you gather writers from around the world to exchange ideas...

Libraries Gave Us Power: A Letter to Llandrindod, from Medellín

Libraries Gave Us Power: A Letter to Llandrindod, from Medellín

Part 11 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. With news that Powys, Wales, will close 10 libraries, Dylan Moore writes from Medellín, Colombia, where libraries form the heart of civic regeneration...