Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2021

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.

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Event 100

The winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021 talks to Craig Brown

 Baillie Gifford Stage

Join us to celebrate the winner of this £50,000 prestigious literary prize celebrating the best in non-fiction writing in conversation with Craig Brown, the 2020 Prize Winner.

The 2021 longlist is:

  • Consumed: A Sister's Story by Arifa Akbar
  • Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn
  • Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey Into Muslim Europe by Tharik Hussain
  • Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945–1955 by Harald Jähner, translated by Shaun Whiteside
  • Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans by Eben Kirksey
  • Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller
  • Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston
  • Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family's Story of Slavery by Alex Renton
  • Empireland: How Imperialism has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera
  • In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale
  • Burning Man: The Ascent of D.H. Lawrence by Frances Wilson
  • Free: Coming of age at the end of History by Lea Ypi

The 2021 shortlist will be announced on 15 October and the winner on 16 November.

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£25.00
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Event 1

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason talks to Francine Stock

House of Music: Conversation and Concert

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join us for a special event that blends the remarkable story of Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason with musical performances by two of her classically trained children.

House of Music is a moving and inspirational account of determination, music and love. It is a story about race, immigration and education.

The author reveals what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race. She looks back to 1963 when her mother, the 19-year-old daughter of a Welsh family, defied everyone and sailed off to join her fiancé and his family in Sierra Leone. Kadiatu talks to the broadcaster and writer Francine Stock and will then be joined on stage by Aminata (violin) and Konya (piano) who will perform the following:

Aminata: Bach – Presto from Sonata no. 1

Konya – Schubert: Impromptu Opus 90, no. 4

Aminata and Konya – Mozart violin sonata no. 1, K301, 1st movement

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£25.00
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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.