Hay Festival Beirut in the Shatila Camp Youth Centre

Hay Festival Beirut in the Shatila Camp Youth Centre

Aside from the events at the Beirut Art Centre and Zico House we also held an event at the Shatila Camp Youth Centre. Three Palestinian poets and writers- Akram Mussallam, Dalia Taha and Najwan Darwish discussed their work with some…

Joumana Medlej on Hay Beirut

Joumana Medlej on Hay Beirut

It’s rather unusual to participate in an international festival in one’s own town. You get the whole breath of fresh air that is a group of literary and artistic types from various parts of the world, come together for a…

John Kampfner on Hay Beirut

John Kampfner on Hay Beirut

What better place to discuss questions of identity than Beirut? Wherever you go, you come across Lebanese with an acute knowledge about the restaurant sector in Berlin, industry in the American Midwest or the property market in Cyprus. Decades of…

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera- What the hell, Miguel?

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera- What the hell, Miguel?

What the hell, Miguel? By Oscar Guardiola-Rivera “By the way Oscar”, says Miguel Syjuco before calling it quits for the evening, “I’m planning to wear a white shirt tomorrow. Just so you know”. Today, Miguel and I discovered two things:…

Jon Gower- Border Lines

Jon Gower- Border Lines

Twenty two years after the ceasefire marking the official end of the civil war in Lebanon there are some who disagree with the notion that Lebanon is a post-war society.  Walid Sadek is one of them.  At a Hay Festival…

Fadi Shayya- Checkpoints of memory in a post- war city

Fadi Shayya- Checkpoints of memory in a post- war city

Yesterday at the panel “memory checkpoints in a post war city,” the room was a full crowd with people from Lebanon, Palestine, Spain, England and even Malta. As expected, discussions on public space always attract a crowd not only for…

Hay Festival Beirut – Day 1

Hay Festival Beirut – Day 1

We kicked off our first festival in Beirut with fascinating stories, ideas and conversations. A packed out Beirut Art Centre listened to a lively debate on the thorny issue of urban space in post- war Beirut. Zeina Abirached, Mazen Kerbaj…

Marc DuBois on Hay 25

Marc DuBois on Hay 25

Marc DuBois is the head of MSF/Doctors without Borders UK It is difficult to explain how much I have enjoyed being a part of Hay the last two years, even if this year it forced me to work on my…

Eurig Salisbury at Hay 25 – Scritture Giovani

Eurig Salisbury at Hay 25 – Scritture Giovani

Eurig Salisbury is Welsh Children’s Laureate and Research Fellow at The University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth. At Hay 25 he is the Welsh candidate of Scritture Giovani, a project introduced by Festivaletteratura to give a voice…

Alistar Stanley on Stephen Fry talking to Kay Redfield Jamison

Alistar Stanley on Stephen Fry talking to Kay Redfield Jamison

Alistair Stanley, an A level psychology student, comments Stephen Fry in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison about manic depression. As an A level psychology student i found this interview extremely interesting. The subject of manic depression is extremely complex and…

Margaret Busby at Hay 25

Margaret Busby at Hay 25

Hay is technically over, but I’m still digesting last week’s literary feast.  The hors d’oeuvre for me was the Stoke Newington Literature Festival over Jubilee weekend, then I was awed on Wednesday by Harry Belafonte at the South Bank (compensation…