International Writers' Blog

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

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...

10 Questions... Elif Shafak

10 Questions... Elif Shafak
Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak is Hay Festival Book of the Month for February. Here, the best-selling novelist answers our 10 questions and talks about faith, identity and the danger of absolute truths...

Medellín in 2.4 Hours

Medellín in 2.4 Hours
Part 10 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. Arriving in Medellín for a whirlwind festival stop, he joins writer and Colombian literacy campaigner Irene Vasco for a tour of the city... 

Public spaces are more crucial than ever before

Public spaces are more crucial than ever before
Amanda Levete CBE is an award-winning British architect and the founder and principal of AL_A. Her recent projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London, the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, commissioned by EDP; Central Embassy, a 1.5 million sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok; and a media campus and headquarters building for the broadcaster Sky in London.
 

'Americanah' review

'Americanah' review
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is Hay Festival Book of the Month for January. Ahead of meeting Adichie at Hay Festival Cartagena, Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19 Dylan Moore offers his take on the classic novel...

10 Questions... Horatio Clare

10 Questions... Horatio Clare
Something of his Art by Horatio Clare is Hay Festival Book of the Month for December. Here he answers our '10 questions' and talks about and following the footsteps of Bach, life as a travel writer, and his favourite books...

Bringing Henry VIII to Hay

Bringing Henry VIII to Hay
Historian Tracy Borman appeared at Hay Festival Winter Weekend to discuss her new book Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. Here she shares her thoughts on the "town of books"...

Making Hay: diary of a first-timer speaker

Making Hay: diary of a first-timer speaker
Historian and curator Andrew Green joined us at Hay Festival Winter Weekend to present his new book Wales in 100 Objects. He reflects on is first Hay appearance...