The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.
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Discover the magic and myths hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons. Find Arthur and his knights sleeping away the decades in a cave, and go on the search for the White Lady of Tretower Court with the award-winning author of Down To The Sea In Ships, The Prince’s Pen and Orison for a Curlew. Chaired by Peter Florence.
Three stylistically diverse graduates of the partnership exchange between Hay, Literaturfestival Berlin and Festivaletteratura Mantova, now in its fifteenth year, meet again to discuss translation and Europe with Daniel Hahn. Niermann’s Solution 257 – Complete Love is an erotic treasure in which political activists argue for justice through intimacy. Lewis’s short story collection Y Gwreiddyn explores nature and loss. Longo’s Bramard’s Case is a revenge thriller.
Ticket to include Italian coffee, German biscuits and Welsh cakes.
Stroud tells the true stories of the SOE heroines who fought with the Resistance to free Nazi-occupied France. He is joined by Tania Szabó, who has also written a book about one of those agents, her mother: Young, Brave and Beautiful: The Missions of Special Operations Executive Agent Lieutenant Violette Szabó, George Cross, Croix de Guerre avec Étoile de Bronze.
From the multi-award-winning biographer, author of the The Pike, comes a breathtakingly ambitious, beautiful and timely debut novel. The story is about gamekeepers and witches, agitators and aristocrats; about young love and the pathos of ageing. And about how those who wall out others risk finding themselves becoming walled in.
The novelist revisits her 2008 masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize and selected as one of the Festival’s 30 Essential Reads of the past 30 years. ‘Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daughter and his outrageous friend Rudi. Ahead of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibility of friendship, sex, money and a new career and, if Lev is lucky, a new sense of belonging....’
Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell have written and produced records with some of today’s biggest pop stars, including Ellie Goulding , Kylie Minogue and Will Young. They started out by writing music in a band and touring festivals and venues in the UK then a lucky break took them into the pop writing world. Since then they have honed their pop-writing craft to produce No 1 chart singles, hits and soundtracks. Come and work with them to combine classic songwriting with cutting-edge production skills giving you insight into the art of writing commercial hits. Bring a packed lunch.
The French novelist introduces his masterpiece The French Art of War, which won the Goncourt Prize in 2011 and is published now in English. It’s a journey through France’s military history in Indochina, Algeria and at home. The novel is told through the eyes of a war veteran who becomes a painter, Victorien Salagnon, and the young man he teaches to paint in exchange for writing his story.
This event is part of a European Writers’ Tour, an initiative proudly delivered by EUNIC London in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library. The programme is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK and EUNIC Global.
In French with translation available.
The big tent morphs into the Oxford Bar for the afternoon, as we pull up a stool and celebrate the enduring brilliance of Rankin’s great Edinburgh detective creation.
Taneja's debut novel We That Are Young sets Shakespeare’s King Lear in contemporary India, where the clash of youth and age, the rise of the religious right wing, the repression of free speech and civil conflict in Kashmir are ongoing. She discusses the hidden history, politics and urgent contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s plays in India. Chaired by Anil Dharker, Founder & Director of Tata Literature Live! the Mumbai LitFest