Welcome to the Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2021 programme.
You will need to purchase tickets whether you attend in person or watch online.
If you wish to attend in person, please see the individual listings below for ticket prices.
If you intend to watch online, the best value option is the Online Festival Pass for £25, which will allow you to watch all streamed events either live or on replay for the duration of the festival. Individual online event tickets cost £5 each. Please note that the Online Festival Pass is for viewing events online only.
To whet your appetite, there will also be five Winter Warmer events to watch and enjoy online featuring Matt Haig, Siri Hustvedt, Bill McKibben, Steven Pinker, and the 2021 Booker Prize winner. These events will be free for everyone to watch and will be available online on our website from 15 November.
Anyone attending in-person must adhere to current Welsh Government Covid-19 guidelines and the entry requirements of the Festival, which can be found here.
From Charlie and Lola and Ruby Redfort to Hubert Horatio, Child has created some of the best known characters in children’s books today. This year, Clarice Bean, the irrepressible star of books that have sold more than six million copies worldwide, returns in a brand new tale. The author discusses her themes and inspiration with radio and TV presenter Gemma Cairney.
The TV presenter, sportswoman and author presents her new book for children: a handbook about resilience, with funny and reassuring personal insights into what it means to make mistakes and be unafraid of failure.
During long, dark winters, the Northern Lights dazzle in the Arctic skies. In this festive gift of a picture book, the author imagines their fleeting journey from Space to Earth and how they weave a special magic for the animals and people living in the frozen North. A talk will be followed by an illustration session, where you can create your own Arctic characters with Zommer’s help. Children can then take their artwork home.
To whet your appetite, there will also be 5 Winter Warmer events to watch and enjoy online featuring Matt Haig, Steven Pinker, Bill McKibben, Siri Hustvedt and the 2021 Booker Prize winner. These events will be free for everyone to watch and will be available online on our website from 15 November.