International Writers' Blog

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

Book of the Month 10 Questions... Horatio Clare

Book of the Month 10 Questions... Horatio Clare
Something of his Art by Horatio Clare is Hay Festival Book of the Month for December. Here he answers our '10 questions' and talks about and following the footsteps of Bach, life as a travel writer, and his favourite books...

Bringing Henry VIII to Hay

Bringing Henry VIII to Hay
Historian Tracy Borman appeared at Hay Festival Winter Weekend to discuss her new book Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. Here she shares her thoughts on the "town of books"...

Making Hay: diary of a first-timer speaker

Making Hay: diary of a first-timer speaker
Historian and curator Andrew Green joined us at Hay Festival Winter Weekend to present his new book Wales in 100 Objects. He reflects on is first Hay appearance...

Please Mind Your Head

Please Mind Your Head

Canadian writer Katie Munnik reflects on a day of self-development at Hay Festival Winter Weekend where she took part in the Literature Wales Writers at Work sessions...

Sea of strangers, gathering of friends

Sea of strangers, gathering of friends
Writer, poet and musician Gwyneth Glyn presented the live experience of her new album Tro at Hay Festival Winter Weekend on Saturday 24 November 2018 with band members Rowan Rheingans, Dylan Fowler and Gillian Stevens. And a warm Hay welcome was waiting...

Clashing cultures: L'heure espagnole

Clashing cultures: L'heure espagnole
Ahead of Mid Wales Opera's new SmallStages production of Ravel's L'heure espagnole launching Hay Festival Winter Weekend, Mid Wales Opera's Music Director Jonathan Lyness offers an insight into the new musical arrangement for the piece.

Desde el Hay Festival Arequipa: Frank Báez

Desde el Hay Festival Arequipa: Frank Báez
Frank Báez (Santo Domingo, 1978) es autor de los poemarios PostalesAnoche soñé que era un DJ Llegó el fin del mundo a mi barrio. Ha publicado un volumen de cuentos, Págales tú a los psicoanalistas, tres libros de crónicas reunidos en La Trilogía de los Festivales y una recopilación de ensayos titulada Lo que trajo el mar. Recientemente publicó Este es el futuro que estabas esperando. Fue seleccionado por el Hay Festival dentro de la lista de autores del Bogotá 39-2017. 

Charlas: Conversations outside the Cathedral

Charlas: Conversations outside the Cathedral

Part 9 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. From queso helado to black holes, Dylan reflects on the conversations underway at Hay Festival Arequipa...

Janne and Juanita

Janne and Juanita

Part 8 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. At Hay Festival Arequipa, Dylan speaks to Danish writer Janne Teller and visits Momia Juanita...


Mario, Gonzalo, Emmet & Me

Mario, Gonzalo, Emmet & Me
Part 7 in our series from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. As Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa headlines the day at Hay Festival Arequipa, Moore revisits his essay 'My Son the Rastafarian' and its timeless message on the challenges of adolescence...


ROVER OF THE ANDES

ROVER OF THE ANDES

Part 6 in our series of dispatches from Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow 2018/19, Dylan Moore. Here he travels to Hay Festival Arequipa, 36,000 feet over the Andes, in search of his own lost treasure...


Hay Festival is a cradle of story

Hay Festival is a cradle of story
Cherie Dimaline is a Metis fiction writer who has won the Governor General's Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Amy Mathers Award for her latest book The Marrow Thieves, a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2017, which has stayed at the top of the Canadian young reader's bestseller list for over a year.  

Imagining the world y otros mundos

Imagining the world y otros mundos
Ingrid Bejerman es periodista, profesora y promotora cultural, especializada en reportajes de temas latinoamericanos y enseñanza del periodismo. Actualmente es coordinadora de la iniciativa Canada in the Americas en el Instituto McGill para el Estudio de Canadá. 

A Romance with Peru

A Romance with Peru
Rosemary Sullivan is a poet, biographer, and anthologist. She has worked with Amnesty International since 1979, and in 1980 she founded a congress to aid its activities. Sullivan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. In 2015, she won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for Stalin's Daughter, her biography of Svetlana Alliluyeva. Rosemary Sullivan will be part of the Hay Festival Arequipa 2018

Book of the Month 10 QUESTIONS... ROSE TREMAIN

Book of the Month 10 QUESTIONS... ROSE TREMAIN

The Road Home by Rose Tremain is Hay Festival Book of the Month for November. Here she answers our '10 questions' and talks about the novel's contemporary resonance, her favourite fiction, and what she's working on now...

WALES IN 100 OBJECTS | ANDREW GREEN

WALES IN 100 OBJECTS | ANDREW GREEN
Ahead of his appearance at Hay Festival Winter Weekend next month, Andrew Green, a former Librarian of the National Library of Wales and author of Wales in 100 Objects, offers a preview of Object 82: ‘Two Suffragette dolls’... 

Lost in translation | Richard Studer

Lost in translation | Richard Studer

Ahead of Mid Wales Opera's new SmallStages production of Ravel's L'heure espagnole coming to Hay Festival Winter Weekend, Mid Wales Opera's Artistic Director Richard Studer offers an insight into preparing a new translation of this opera comedy...

Welcome to Moneyland | Oliver Bullough

Welcome to Moneyland | Oliver Bullough
Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough offers an exclusive extract of Moneyland - Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back , his compelling story of wealth and power in the 21st century, ahead of his appearance at Hay Festival Winter Weekend...

Book of the Month 10 QUESTIONS... TISHANI DOSHI

Book of the Month 10 QUESTIONS... TISHANI DOSHI
Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi is Hay Festival's Book of the Month for October. Here she answers our '10 questions' and talks about the process of writing poetry, her favourite books of the moment, and what she's working on now...

"A refugee always wants to return"

Our International Fellow 2018-19 Dylan Moore meets Peruvian writer, screenwriter, translator and journalist, Santiago Roncagliolo, at Hay Festival Segovia. The two talk identity, exile, and the future of Europe...