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Record-breaking year for Hay Festival Arequipa

Record-breaking year for Hay Festival Arequipa
Hay Festival Arequipa closed on a record year last night (Sunday 11 November) after four days of conversation, debate and exchange between writers and readers in Peru, alongside performances from internationally acclaimed musicians and comedians...

Hay Festival marks Armistice 100 with poetry

Hay Festival marks Armistice 100 with poetry
In this Armistice centenary year, Hay Festival invited poets from countries involved in the Great War to respond to poets and poems from their own cultures of the time. Performed in a special Armistice Poetry Gala earlier this year, the poems have today (Sunday 11 November) been released digitally...

Scribblers Tour hits the road in 2019

Scribblers Tour hits the road in 2019
Hay Festival Scribblers Tour will take five award-winning writers direct to thousands of school pupils across Wales throughout February 2019 in 10 inspiring free events hosted at five Welsh universities.

New Forums bring festival magic to Peru and Chile

New Forums bring festival magic to Peru and Chile
On 7 November two new Hay Festival events will bring writers and readers together in new locations across Latin America: Hay Festival Forum Ayacucho in Peru and Hay Festival Forum Santiago in Chile...

Our November Book of the Month is...

Our November Book of the Month is...
The Road Home by Rose Tremain is Hay Festival Book of the Month for November. Urgently relevant. Beautifully written. First published in 2007, just three years after Poland and nine other countries joined the EU, the novel offers a view of the UK through a migrant’s eyes...

Kate Humble to switch on Hay Christmas Lights

Kate Humble to switch on Hay Christmas Lights
Writer, broadcaster and smallholder Kate Humble will switch-on Hay-on-Wye’s Christmas Lights next month as part of her Hay Festival Winter Weekend appearance on Friday 23 November...

Hay Festival unveils free digital resources for students

Hay Festival unveils free digital resources for students
Students across the UK will enjoy free access to Hay Festival’s rich digital archive as part of a new offer for 16-25-year-olds in education – Compass – launched to coincide with the release of Hay Levels series 4...

WINTER WEEKEND 2018 READING LIST

WINTER WEEKEND 2018 READING LIST

Now the Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2018 programme is online, it's time to get reading. Here's a list of all the books we'll be celebrating over the long weekend, 22-25 November...

Hay Festival Winter Weekend programme out now

Hay Festival Winter Weekend programme out now
Roll up, roll up, and deck the halls! Hay Festival Winter Weekend (22-25 November) brings writers and readers together at the turn of the season for conversation, debate, music and comedy, in the heart of Hay on Wye. Find out more about what's in store...

Our October Book of the Month is...

Our October Book of the Month is...
Today we're pleased to reveal our October Book of the Month choice – Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods – an unflinching collection of poems that weave between topics from violence against women, to time and memory...

Mexico makes its voices heard at this year’s Hay Festival Querétaro

Mexico makes its voices heard at this year’s Hay Festival Querétaro

One of the most remarkable things about this year’s Hay Festival Querétaro was the huge variety and success of the Mexican writers on the programme

BBC AT HAY

BBC AT HAY
We are delighted to have the BBC back at Hay in 2018 with many of their much loved shows - from Radio 4’s Today to World News’ Talking Books - broadcast on TV, radio and online from the festival site.

YA BOOK PRIZE WINNER REVEALED

YA BOOK PRIZE WINNER REVEALED
The YA Book Prize returns to Hay Festival to showcase the very best in YA literature.

Handmaids in Hay

Handmaids in Hay

Felipe Restrepo Pombo is the British Council's Writer in Residence. In 2017 he was included in the Bogotá39 list of the best Latin American writers under 40, organized by the Hay Festival. He talks about the challenges of a journalist and specially of reporting conflict in countries such as Mexico and Colombia.

Margaret Atwood was one of his pick's of the programme. He was surprised to see her flanked by an entourage of the infamous handmaids and enjoys Margaret's devoted fans.

Armistice Poetry Gala

Armistice Poetry Gala
Marking 100 years since the Armistice in November 1918, Hay Festival Press is publishing an anthology of specially commissioned poems from countries that participated in World War One. 

Changing Places: Bradford to Hay

Changing Places: Bradford to Hay
Hay Festival and Bradford Literature Festival joined forces for the first time to launch a new pupil exchange programme, alongside a series of events specially curated by Bradford Literature Festival at Hay Festival 2018, celebrating the power of culture to help us understand the lives of others.
 
The new student exchange programme sees ten Year 9 pupils from Bradford attend Hay Festival for two nights this May, while ten Year 9 pupils from Powys and Herefordshire will attend Bradford Literature Festival in June. The exchange aims to expand and enrich both groups’ life experiences, encouraging engagement and empathy, and using culture as a powerful transformational tool. 

#BOOKSCHANGELIVES COMPETITION

#BOOKSCHANGELIVES COMPETITION
A competition to celebrate Oxfam's #BooksChangeLives campaign, launched at Hay Festival today. Tell us about the book that changed your life to be in with a chance of winning signed books from Hay favourites. 

The PEN Hay Lecture: Words, Memory and Imagination - 1945, and Today

The PEN Hay Lecture: Words, Memory and Imagination - 1945, and Today
This year’s PEN lecture at Hay was delivered by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, President of the organisation that defends freedom of expression around the world.

The Golden Man Booker Prize

The Golden Man Booker Prize
Where better to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker  than at the Hay Festival. Philippe Sands, Elif Shafak and Juan Gabriel Vasquez joined Gaby Wood to discuss the shortlist for for the Golden Man Booker prize.

Dylan Thomas Prize winner, Kayo Chingonyi

Dylan Thomas Prize winner, Kayo Chingonyi

When the winner of the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize winner, Kayo Chingonyi, sat down to discuss his winning collection, Kumukanda, the result was a tantalizing hour-long insight into the mind of one of the brightest poets of our generation.


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