International Writers' Blog

Dispatches from Hay Festival events from the world’s best writers and performers

Meet the Haymaker – Sam Soar

Meet the Haymaker – Sam Soar
Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival Global and the impact it has had on their lives. This month, get to know content creator Sam Soar.

Meet the Haymaker – Cristina Fuentes La Roche

Meet the Haymaker – Cristina Fuentes La Roche

Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival Global and the impact it has had on their lives. This month, get to know our international director, Cristina Fuentes La Roche.

Meet the Haymaker – Andy Middleton

Meet the Haymaker – Andy Middleton

Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. This month, get to know writer and our Planet Assembly host, Andy Middleton. 

Meet the Haymaker – Alison Chappell

Meet the Haymaker – Alison Chappell

Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. This month, get to know Festival Benefactor Alison Chappell.

Meet the Haymaker – Karl Nova

Meet the Haymaker – Karl Nova

Scribbling dreams! In this month's 'Meet the Haymaker' spotlight, get to know hip-hop artist, poet and writer Karl Nova, who takes part in this year's Hay Festival Scribblers Tour all over Wales... 

Meet the Haymaker – Cindy Herrera

Meet the Haymaker – Cindy Herrera

Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. This month, get to know guest writer on the Hay Festival Cartagena outreach programme, Cindy Herrera. 

Meet the Haymaker – Billie Charity

Meet the Haymaker – Billie Charity

Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. This month, get to know photographer Billie Charity.

Meet the Haymaker – Aneirin Karadog

Meet the Haymaker – Aneirin Karadog

Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. This month, get to know poet, performer and host of next week's Scribblers Cymraeg Aneirin Karadog.

Book of the Month extract – Enchanted Wales by Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Book of the Month extract – Enchanted Wales by Miranda Aldhouse-Green
Enchanted Wales: Myth and Magic in Welsh Storytelling by Miranda Aldhouse-Green is our Book of the Month for November. Here's an exclusive extract to whet your appetite... 

Meet the Haymaker – Clive Keylock

Meet the Haymaker – Clive Keylock

Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. Get to know Clive Keylock, our lead Steward each year at Hay Festival in Wales. 

Meet the Haymaker – Sarah Morton

Meet the Haymaker – Sarah Morton
Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. Get to know Sarah Morton, our Make and Take Manager each year at Hay Festival in Wales. 

Meet the Haymaker – Hanan Issa

Meet the Haymaker – Hanan Issa
Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. Get to know our International Fellow, and National Poet of Wales, Hanan Issa.

Meet the Haymaker – Adriana Grimaldo

Meet the Haymaker – Adriana Grimaldo
Our monthly 'Meet the Haymaker' series shares stories of the change-makers at the heart of Hay Festival and the impact it has had on their lives. Ahead of Hay Festival Querétaro this September, get to know Adriana Grimaldo who coordinates and delivers our education and outreach work in Mexico. 

Book of the Month Extract – The Rooster House by Victoria Belim

Book of the Month Extract – The Rooster House by Victoria Belim
The Rooster House by Victoria Belim is our Book of the Month for June 2023. Read an extract from the opening of the book here...

HAY FESTIVAL DEBUT DISCOVERIES – Q&A WITH SUSSIE ANIE

HAY FESTIVAL DEBUT DISCOVERIES – Q&A WITH SUSSIE ANIE
Each year, Hay Festival Wales champions 10 remarkable debuts from first time authors as a part of our Debut Discoveries series. Our line-up for 2023 includes Sussie Anie with her debut To Fill a Yellow House. Get to know Sussie better in this Q&A...

HAY FESTIVAL DEBUT DISCOVERIES – Q&A WITH NATHAN MUNDAY

HAY FESTIVAL DEBUT DISCOVERIES – Q&A WITH NATHAN MUNDAY
Each year, Hay Festival Wales champions 10 remarkable debuts from first time authors as a part of our Debut Discoveries series. Our line-up for 2023 includes Nathan Munday with his debut Whaling. Get to know Nathan better in this Q&A...

How Seaweed Can Help Meet Our Greatest Challenge, To Feed The Planet

How Seaweed Can Help Meet Our Greatest Challenge, To Feed The Planet
“Thanks to seaweed and marine resources, we have a real opportunity to increase food and biomass production while decreasing environmental impact.”

Invisible trade: a window into the hidden world of maritime

Invisible trade: a window into the hidden world of maritime
Laleh Khalili on the largely invisible world of shipping, the role maritime has played in shaping the world as it is today, and the dangers and difficulties faced by seafarers who work aboard these huge floating tankers.

Expert calls for governments and businesses to “do better” on resilient infrastructure

Expert calls for governments and businesses to “do better” on resilient infrastructure
Emily So discusses how we can better incentivise governments, communities and businesses to invest in resilience infrastructure to keep people safe.

How safe do you feel?

How safe do you feel?
Dr Sarah Cumbers on the World Risk Poll, a ground-breaking dataset that explores how the world thinks and feels about threats to their personal safety – with major implications for how we keep people safe.