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Together again! Hay Festival 2022 early-birds out now

Together again! Hay Festival 2022 early-birds out now
Hay Festival has announced 23 early-bird events for its 35th spring edition, taking place in person at a revamped Festival site 26 May-5 June 2022 in the booktown of Hay-on-Wye... 

Deborah Levy's Real Estate named Hay Festival Book of the Year 2021

Deborah Levy's Real Estate named Hay Festival Book of the Year 2021
Real Estate by Deborah Levy has been named Hay Festival Book of the Year 2021 after hundreds of book lovers nominated their favourite titles of the year online.

Hay Festival releases five free Winter Warmer conversations

Hay Festival releases five free Winter Warmer conversations

Ahead of Hay Festival Winter Weekend next week (24-28 November), five free “Winter Warmer” conversations have been released online featuring Booker Prize-winner Damon Galgut, novelist Matt Haig, cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, environmentalist Bill McKibben, and writer Siri Hustvedt...

Scribblers Tour 2022 line-up announced

Scribblers Tour 2022 line-up announced

Hay Festival Scribblers Tour takes five exceptional YA writers direct to thousands of Year 7-10 school pupils across Wales next February in inspiring free, in-person events hosted at Welsh universities: University of South Wales, Swansea University, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Wrexham Glyndwr University...

The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award 2022 shortlist announced

The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award 2022 shortlist announced

The British Library and Hay Festival are delighted to reveal the shortlist for the 2022 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award. Awarded annually to two writers in the early stages of a new book relating to the Americas, the £20,000 prize is now in its eleventh year...

Our November Book of the Month is...

Our November Book of the Month is...

Y Bachgen, y Wahadden, y Llwynog a’r Ceffyl, the new Welsh edition ofCharlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, translated by Mererid Hopwood, is Hay Festival Book of the Month for November. The two writers join us live online 9 November at 4pm while copies are over on our bookshop for sale now.

Miriam Margolyes brings added sparkle to Hay Christmas lights switch-on

Miriam Margolyes brings added sparkle to Hay Christmas lights switch-on
BAFTA-winning actor and national treasure Miriam Margolyes will switch on Hay-on-Wye’s Christmas lights as part of her Hay Festival Winter Weekend appearance on Friday 26 November...

Hay Festival unveils second free digital programme for Arequipa, Peru

Hay Festival unveils second free digital programme for Arequipa, Peru

Hay Festival has announced the line-up for its seventh edition in Peru, Hay Festival Digital Arequipa, bringing writers and readers together in free online events, 1-7 November...

Our October Book of the Month is...

Our October Book of the Month is...

Bewilderment by Richard Powers is Hay Festival Book of the Month for October. The novelist joins us live online 21 October at 7pm while signed copies are over on our bookshop for sale now.

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2021 live + online programme released

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2021 live + online programme released

Hay Festival Winter Weekend returns with an ambitious programme for its first ticketed, in-person events in the UK for two years, bringing writers and readers together 24-28 November with a programme to inspire, examine and entertain and a new Festival site in the centre of Hay-on-Wye...

Hay Festival unveils autumn Programme for Schools

Hay Festival unveils autumn Programme for Schools
Hay Festival has today unveiled its free autumn Programme for Schools including two days of in-person events at Hay Festival Winter Weekend, 24-25 November, alongside in-person Beacons Project and Welsh Scribblers Tour events across Wales... 

Hay Festival Europa28 culminates in Paris

Hay Festival Europa28 culminates in Paris
27-28 September, Hay Festival Europa28 will culminate with a pair of one-off events in Paris, France, in partnership with the world-famous independent bookshop Shakespeare & Company and the cultural space Cité Internationale des Arts...

Our September Book of the Month is...

Our September Book of the Month is...
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak is Hay Festival Book of the Month for September. The novelist joins us live online 30 September at 7.30pm while signed copies can be purchased in the Festival bookshop.

Comunicado del Consejo Directivo Hay Festival

"El jueves 29 de julio el Consejo Directivo del Hay Festival respaldó de manera unánime las averiguaciones de la investigación independiente de un panel de revisión que sostenía una queja interna contra el cofundador y director Peter Florence, que fue apoyada por más de la mitad del equipo de Hay Gales. De acuerdo con el Procedimiento Disciplinario y el Procedimiento de Acoso e Intimidación del Festival, se determinó que las acciones del Sr Florence constituían una falta grave...

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... 

Our August Book of the Month is...

Our August Book of the Month is...

The Country of Others by Leïla Slimani is Hay Festival Book of the Month for August. The novelist joins us live online 17 August at 7pm while signed copies are available in the online shop.



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...

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