News and Live Updates from Hay Festival 2019

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. 

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Our January Book of the Month is...
All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks is Hay Festival Book of the Month for January. The author joins us live online 26 January at 7pm in conversation with Philippe Sands with copies over on our bookshop for sale now. Read more
A statement from Caroline Michel, chair of Hay Festival

A statement from Hay Festival chair Caroline Michel:

"What happened to our colleague and friend Caitlin McNamara in Abu Dhabi last February was an appalling violation and a hideous abuse of trust and position. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan made a mockery of his ministerial responsibilities and tragically undermined his government's attempt to work with Hay Festival to promote free speech and female empowerment.

"We continue to support Caitlin in seeking legal redress for this attack and we urge our friends and partners in the UAE to reflect on the behaviour of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and send a clear signal to the world that such behaviour will not be tolerated.  Hay Festival will not be returning to Abu Dhabi while he remains in position."

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Hay Festival Wales Programme for Schools revealed

Hay Festival Wales has today unveiled the Programme for Schools for this spring’s edition, 21-31 May, merging award-winning writers with inspiring new takes on science and history reimagined...

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