Bringing the Sunshine to Hay- Aleya Kassam

Aleya Kassam’s unofficial title at Storymoja Africa is the ‘does-a-little-bit-of-everything-person’. Alongside the organisation of the Storymoja Hay Festival, she runs the Schools Programme at Storymoja. The Storymoja Hay Festival has been running in Nairobi, Kenya in partnership with Hay Festivals…

The New Hay 25 Shop!

We’ve got a brand new Hay Festival Shop on site. Marie and her team are busy stocking the shelves full of festival goodies ready for Hay 25. Its looking great!

Books, Glorious Books!

Pembertons, the festival bookshop, is gearing up for Hay 25. The books have been arriving over the past few days. 60,000 books weighing a whopping 28 tonnes have been delivered to the shop! We also have Mini Pembertons- a children’s…

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…