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Statement from the Hay Festival board of directors

"On Thursday 29 July, the Hay Festival board unanimously endorsed the findings of an independent investigation and panel review that upheld an internal complaint against Hay Festival Co-Founder and Director Peter Florence, backed by more than half of the Welsh Festival team. In line with the Festival's Disciplinary Procedure and Bullying & Harassment Procedure, it was found that Mr Florence's actions amounted to gross misconduct... 

Hay Festival Segovia presents programme for sixteenth edition

Hay Festival Segovia presents programme for sixteenth edition

Hay Festival has today announced the line-up for the sixteenth Hay Festival Segovia in Spain with more than 80 speakers from 20 countries set to take part, 16-19 September 2021... 

Hay Festival Querétaro goes hybrid for sixth edition

Hay Festival Querétaro goes hybrid for sixth edition

Hay Festival has today announced the line-up for the sixth Hay Festival Querétaro in Mexico with more than 170 speakers from 19 countries set to take part, 1-5 September 2021...

Hay Festival 2021 closes after a fortnight of wonder

Hay Festival 2021 closes after a fortnight of wonder
Hay Festival 2021 came to a triumphant close on Sunday 6 June after a fortnight of live and online conversations, debates and performances brought thousands of writers and readers together. Events were streamed by festivalgoers in 135 countries for a combined running total of 9 years, 236 days, 5 hours, 51 minutes, 43 seconds and counting...

Ali Smith awarded Hay Festival Medal for Prose

Ali Smith awarded Hay Festival Medal for Prose

Novelist Ali Smith was awarded the Hay Festival Medal for Prose 2021 today at Hay Festival, the fourth and final medal recipient of the 2021 Festival...

Emerald Fennell awarded Hay Festival Medal for Drama 2021

Emerald Fennell awarded Hay Festival Medal for Drama 2021

Academy Award-winning writer, director, and actress Emerald Fennell is awarded the Hay Festival Medal for Drama today at Hay Festival 2021. Fennell is the third recipient of a Hay Festival Medal for 2021, with poet Benjamin Zephaniah (Medal for Poetry), and journalist and activist George Monbiot (Medal for Journalism) already awarded their medals.  

Benjamin Zephaniah awarded Hay Festival Medal for Poetry

Benjamin Zephaniah awarded Hay Festival Medal for Poetry

Poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah was awarded the Hay Festival Medal for Poetry today (Wednesday 2 June) at Hay Festival 2021. Awarded annually since Britain’s Olympic year in 2012, Hay Festival Medals draw inspiration from the original Olympic medal given for poetry...

Our June Book of the Month is...

Our June Book of the Month is...
Shape by Jordan Ellenberg is Hay Festival Book of the Month for June. The author joins us live online 29 June at 7pm while signed copies are over on our bookshop for sale now.

George Monbiot awarded Hay Festival Medal for Journalism

George Monbiot awarded Hay Festival Medal for Journalism

Journalist and activist George Monbiot was awarded the Hay Festival Medal for Journalism today at Hay Festival 2021. Awarded annually since Britain’s Olympic year in 2012, Hay Festival Medals draw inspiration from the original Olympic medal given for poetry...

His Dark Materials stars join Hay Festival 2021

His Dark Materials stars join Hay Festival 2021
Alethiometers at the ready! His Dark Materials stars Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson join series creators for a discussion about the blockbuster series based on Philip Pullman's books at Hay Festival 2021...

Abierto el plazo para la nueva edición del Premio de Literatura Eccles Centre & Hay Festival

Abierto el plazo para la nueva edición del Premio de Literatura Eccles Centre & Hay Festival
Eccles Centre at the British Library y el Hay Festival han anunciado la apertura del plazo de solicitudes para el Premio de Literatura Eccles Centre & Hay Festival 2022. En su décima edición, el premio contará con una cuantía de £20,000 para los dos escritores, de ficción y/o no ficción, con un proyecto de libro aún no publicado sobre América (Norteamérica, Centroamérica, Sudamérica y el Caribe).

Submissions open for £20k Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award

Submissions open for £20k Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award

The Eccles Centre at the British Library and Hay Festival are delighted to open the call for submissions for the 2022 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award. Now in its tenth year, the prize grants £20,000 annually to two writers – of fiction and/or non-fiction - for a yet-to-be-published book relating to the Americas (North, Central and South America and the Caribbean).

"Las plantas son la solución para todos nuestros problemas"

Las plantas son la solución para todos nuestros problemas
Stefano Mancuso, autor de La nación de las plantas, nos cuenta las lecciones que los humanos debemos aprender de las plantas, en una charla digital que forma parte de Imagina el Mundo, el proyecto del Hay Festival que cuenta con el apoyo de su aliado regional SURA y la alianza de El País, con reflexiones sobre el momento actual.

Our May Book of the Month is...

Our May Book of the Month is...
China Room by Sunjeev Sahota is Hay Festival Book of the Month for May. The author joins us live online 11 May at 7pm while signed copies are over on our bookshop for sale now.

Gala stars join Hay Festival 2021 programme

Gala stars join Hay Festival 2021 programme

Cast lists for this year’s Hay Festival galas have been revealed with scheduled appearances from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Kate Winslet, Vanessa Redgrave, Romola Garai, Theresa Lola, Guvna B, Bishop Rose, Jessica Raine, Louise Brearley, Sindhu Vee, Rob Brydon, Hollie McNish, Rufus Mufasa and more...

Desde el abismo de la infancia

Desde el abismo de la infancia

Libro del Mes de abril: Los abismos. Pilar Quintana en conversación con Melba Escobar. De puntos de quiebre en la infancia, de miedos, oscuridad, de maternidad, dos puntos de vista, y diferentes atmósferas que nos llevan al borde del precipicio.


Hay Festival 2021 unveils digital programme

Hay Festival 2021 unveils digital programme

Hay Festival has today revealed its free digital programme for its 34th spring edition, bringing writers and readers together for an inspiring array of conversations, debates, workshops and performances online, Wednesday 26 May to Sunday 6 June. 

Statement on ACE Cultural Recovery Fund support for Hay Festival

Statement on ACE Cultural Recovery Fund support for Hay Festival

"Arts Council England’s investment marks a welcome milestone for Hay Festival as we continue to rebuild from a year of transformation. We are incredibly grateful for this vote of confidence in our efforts to sustain our community of writers, partners and festival goers who make Hay what it is: a space to inspire, examine and entertain people of all ages...

Our April Book of the Month is...

Our April Book of the Month is...
Male Tears by Benjamin Myers is Hay Festival Book of the Month for April. The author joins us live online 27 April at 7pm in conversation with Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates while signed copies are over on our bookshop for sale now.

HAY FESTIVAL UNVEILS FREE PROGRAMME FOR SCHOOLS & NEW BEACONS PROJECT WORKSHOPS

HAY FESTIVAL UNVEILS FREE PROGRAMME FOR SCHOOLS & NEW BEACONS PROJECT WORKSHOPS

Hay Festival has today revealed its free Programme for Schools for this spring’s edition, bringing writers and young people together online for a series of inspiring interactive activities and workshops, 24-28 May 2021, ahead of the main programme running 26 May-6 June...

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