Hillary Rodham Clinton joins Hay Festival 2022 line-up

Former US Secretary of State, First Lady and US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear at Hay Festival 2022 in conversation with lawyer Helena Kennedy on Thursday 2 June as part of the Festival’s Women & Power series. 

The first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party, Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is the author of eight books.

Tickets to the event are on sale now to Friends of Hay Festival at hayfestival.org/wales or on 01497 822 629. Public booking to this event opens this Sunday 17 April. 

Hay Festival international director Cristina Fuentes La Roche said: “We’re honoured to welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton to Hay Festival this spring, joining a vibrant programme to imagine the world anew. It’s been 35 years since writers and readers started sharing their stories together in our Festival tents and we have never needed these stories more urgently. Join us.”

Returning for its first in-person spring event since 2019, Hay Festival is the world’s leading festival of ideas, bringing readers and writers together in sustainable events to inspire, examine and entertain. 

Taking place 26 May–5 June 2022, this will be the 35th spring Hay Festival edition, featuring more than 600 writers, thinkers and performers in more than 500 in-person events over 11 days. 

This year’s programme launches the best new fiction and non-fiction, while offering insights and debate around some of the biggest issues of our times. Award-winning writers, policy makers, pioneers and innovators take part from around the world, seeking solutions to the biggest issues of our time, from the climate crisis to global conflicts.

Fundraising on site will take place throughout the Festival in aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal via the Cup Return (recycling) points along with proceeds from a special section of the Festival bookshop dedicated to Ukrainian literature.

Partnerships with Adult Learning Wales, Strong Young Minds, The National Literacy Trust, Head4Arts and The Family Place will make this one of the most accessible Festival editions yet with targeted projects to attract harder-to-reach communities, while a plethora of new sustainability measures will help to tackle the environmental impacts of running a festival.

Hay Festival 2022 is supported by lead sponsors Baillie Gifford and Visit Wales. The free Programme for Schools and the Beacons Project are supported by the Welsh Government. 

Explore the full Hay Festival 2022 programme online now here.