The Sound Castle is up!

We are thrilled to be back in the heart of Hay with our new music venue The Sound Castle. On offer will be an explosion of new musical talents within funk, gospel, soul, folk, hip-hop, electronica, and jazz. Look out…

Head to Hay 25!

It is less than a week before we kick off the Hay 25 celebrations and the weather is glorious! We’ve got a fantastic line up of Latin American writers, poets and politicians including Mario Vargas Llosa, Andres Neuman, Mauricio Rodriquez…

Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew

2012 has seen renewed interest in the Titanic. To commemorate the centenary of the sinking we have seen a re-release of Titanic in the cinema (in 3D of course), a Julian Fellowes’ mini series and a cruise following the exact…

“A sinister Middle Eastern Michael Jackson”

If you’ve seen Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator recently and thought that General Aladeen’s regime was impossibly bizarre then Lindsey Hilsum’s book Sandstorm will make you think again. At Hay Festival discover the story of his outlandish real life alter-ego…

Every Little Helps?

Terry Leahy, the former CEO of Tesco, is joining us at Hay 25 on Friday 1st June. The supermarket hotshot will be giving an exclusive preview of his book Management in 10 Words- THE book on business strategy and leadership….

Morpurgo’s Magic

Michael Morpurgo has written some of the most magical stories that have enchanted an entire generation of children. Who didn’t love Kensuke’s Kingdom, The Butterfly Lion or The Wreck of the Zanzibar? This year has seen the phenomenal blockbuster success…

Countdown to Hay

Not long to go now. In under 2 weeks we will be celebrating our 25th year and the office is a hive of activity! The phones are ringing non- stop and the box office is buzzing. We’re being joined by…

Bring out the bunting!
Making Hay while the sun shines!

The high- vis jackets are on and our tented town is going up. Fred and his crew are mid- build in the beautiful sunshine. There’s a lot to do to turn a field into a village that can accommodate 200,000…

I am sitting in the former monastery, turned hotel Santa Clara where the classically Hay festival like convergence of friends, writers, general public are all happily bumping into each other as if this diversity of  conversations and people were a…

Beyond the walls of old Cartagena

Yesterday the best event at Hay Cartagena took place, but it wasn’t in the program and it was far beyond the colonial theaters and little plazas of the beautiful old city. Cartagena has two very distinct faces. The charming center,…

Machismo matters fuelled the session about men’s magazines featuring Daniel Samper Ospina, editor of ‘Soho’ and Dylan Jones, who has edited i-D, the Face and now helms GQ, now a worldwide brand, with a very successful GQ launched in China…