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10 QUESTIONS... COLM TÓIBÍN

10 QUESTIONS... COLM TÓIBÍN
House of Names by Colm Tóibín is Hay Festival's Book of the Month for August. Here he answers our '10 questions' and talks about the process of writing, his favourite books of the moment, and what he's working on now...

Cuestionario #HayQuerétaro18 (I): Gabriela Jauregui

Cuestionario #HayQuerétaro18 (I): Gabriela Jauregui
Conoce mejor a los invitados al Hay Festival Querétaro. Gabriela Jauregui, es una escritora mexicana, integrante de la lista Bogotá39-2017 y autora, entre otros libros, de ManyFiestas.

Elipsis: una experiencia literaria que no te puedes perder

Elipsis: una experiencia literaria que no te puedes perder
Sé parte del programa literario para escritores y editores emergentes mexicanos del British Council, en colaboración con el Hay Festival Querétaro, y disfruta de una oportunidad única.

Books for everyone – my first visit to Hay

Books for everyone – my first visit to Hay

On 26th May, I made my first visit to the Hay Festival to join Bettany Hughes and John Vidal for a joint event on the power of books to transform lives, ‘It all Starts with a Book’. It was not only my first time on stage at the festival, but also my first visit to Hay and my first time representing Book Aid International at such a high profile event. As someone who is more used to spending time behind the scenes, I was very nervous on the drive down from London. But as soon as I arrived, I realised that those nerves were unfounded...


We are ready to receive you!

We are ready to receive you!

The beginning of this new edition of the Hay Festival in Querétaro is less than two months away from now, so we are very happy to finally be able to share with thousands of readers the work we have done throughout the year and to offer them a festival and a programme at the height of their expectations.

¡Listos para recibirlos!

¡Listos para recibirlos!

Estamos a menos de dos meses de que dé inicio una nueva edición del Hay Festival en su sede de Querétaro, muy contentos con poder finalmente compartir con miles de lectores y lectoras el trabajo realizado a lo largo del año, para ofrecerles un festival y una programación a la altura de sus expectativas. Es bien sabido que no sólo México sino buena parte del mundo atraviesa una época de cambio, de incertidumbres, de transformaciones, y ante un entorno tal estamos más convencidos que nunca de la importancia que tienen la escritura, el pensamiento, y las artes en general, para proporcionarnos formas novedosas y originales de aproximarnos a la vertiginosa realidad.

The Celts Re-examined

The Celts Re-examined
Professor Alice Roberts challenged the common narrative of Celtic identity and its origins, as she examined artefacts and material evidence in a fascinating lecture.

Moral Order in a Divided World

Moral Order in a Divided World
For novelist and historian, Michael Ignatieff, we live in a society that’s experienced a moral revolution. From decolonisation to feminism and the advent of human rights as we know them, he has examined the moral fabric of our communities in order to understand exactly how they work.

Gordon Brown urges Britain to address causes of Brexit, fight Brexit itself

Gordon Brown urges Britain to address causes of Brexit, fight Brexit itself
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown came to Hay to urge Britain to take seriously the anger and frustrations that caused voters to back Leave in the Brexit referendum, but said we need to fight to keep Britain in the European Union itself.

Taking the Sting out of Death

Taking the Sting out of Death
Richard Holloway explores death and ageing with unsentimental fortitude, wisdom and great clarity of thought.

Dream Big, says Chelsea Clinton

Dream Big, says Chelsea Clinton
"Speak up, rise up and dream big" – Chelsea Clinton’s message to girls at Hay Festival today 

Bridget Kendall on the Cold War

Bridget Kendall on the Cold War
Bridget Kendall understand war and how it shapes our societies. Following her Radio 4 programme, Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze, the now Cambridge academic has released a book that looks at the 20th century war that divided the globe.

Germaine Bloody Greer

Germaine Bloody Greer
A new BBC2 documentary is anything but polite. Delving into the writer and academic’s life, Germaine Bloody Greer mixes new interviews with archive footage to give a fuller picture of who Germaine Greer really is.

Can digital technology be sustainable?

Can digital technology be sustainable?
Kate Brandt, Google's Sustainabiltiy Director, launched Project Sunroof at Hay Festival on one of the sunniest days of the year.

Alan Hollinghurst on the future of Gay fiction

Alan Hollinghurst on the future of Gay fiction
Novelist Alan Hollinghurst discussed his latest decades-spanning novel, The Sparsholt Affair, and his illustrious writing career in a conversation with Georgina Godwin.

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time...
Philip Pullman and Marina Warner paid tribute at Hay to the world expert on folklore and fairytales, Jack Zipes, who turned 80 last year.

Philip Pullman explains why literature is a human necessity

Philip Pullman explains why literature is a human necessity
Daniel Hahn introduced the author, Philip Pullman, today as ‘one of the great builders of worlds’. Discussing his novel, La Belle Sauvage and his collection of essays, Demon Voices, Pullman let the Hay audience in to his world, revealing his greatest literary secrets along the way.

Alexander McCall Smith reveals that he’s suffering from “Serial-novel-ism”

Alexander McCall Smith reveals that he’s suffering from “Serial-novel-ism”
The last time McCall Smith was in Hay, he was presented with a pig (and a lot of champagne) as the winner of the Wodehouse prize for comedy. No prize was awarded this year, and McCall Smith said he was worried that perhaps Britain was slightly losing its sense of humour.

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