Press and Social Media

To apply for accreditation for Hay Festival 2018, please click here

For general queries please email

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Latest Press Releases

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2018 programme announced

Hay Festival Arequipa 2018 programme announced

Hay Festival launches Book of the Month promotion

Hay Festival Querétaro unveils 2018 programme

Hay Festival Segovia unveils 2018 programme

Hay Festival heads to Dallas

Hay Festival and NERC unveil Trans.MISSION series

Hay Festival publishes Letters to the Future

Hay Festival unveils VOTE100BOOKS selection

Hay Festival unveils Living Knowledge Network live stream

Hay Festival unveils Writers at Work 2018 selection

Hay Festival 2018 programme announced

Hay Festival 2018 HAYDAYS and #HAYYA programmes announced

Hay Festival and NERC announce Trans.MISSION

Hay Festival and Bradford Literature Festival announce partnership

Hay Festival and The Pool launch #VOTE100BOOKS

Hay Festival 2018 Schools Days announced

Hay Festival 2018 Early Birds released

Hay Festival Cartagena 2018 Programme announced

Hay Festival Winter Weekend opens with Book of the Year reveal

International Children's Literature Festival closes

Hay Festival Winter Weekend programme announced

Hay Festival Winter Weekend turns 18 with new venue, extended programming

Hay Festival Winter Weekend turns 18 with new venue, extended programming (Welsh version)

Hay Levels Series 3 launches

Hay Festival Arequipa announced 2017 programme alongside new day of programming in Cusco

Hay Festival Aarhus programme announced

Hay Festival Segovia announces 2017 programme

Hay Festival Querétaro announces 2017 programme

Hay Festival donates archive to the British Library

How do I get a press pass?

All journalists must pre-register to qualify for press accreditation. Please fill in the accreditation request form. Because of Fire Regulations, no general passes can be given except to the 10 nominated photographers who will not require seats. Complimentary press tickets are provided first to those working to commission. Press allocation is limited to 10% of the total audience.

Photographers’ passes

We accredit a few photographers on signing an understanding agreement, and they are entitled to enter each event for the first and last five minutes only.

Can I arrange interviews with writers prior to their arrival?

Where the interview relates to the writer or performer appearing at the Festival we will do everything we can to facilitate this.

And at the festival?

Yes. Provided that the piece is commissioned. We will arrange the best access possible. There will also be daily news briefings for the press at breakfast in the Press Office.

Can I obtain recordings of events?

Many events will be available online at If you want a feed from a particular event, and the artist or writer agrees, we can arrange that with our tech crew.

Can we film the festival?

Access to the site can be made available for discreet crews. Filming in events is generally not permitted. Foreign television companies may purchase footage of the festival. Please contact

Do we get to go to the parties?

Yes, but you have to be invited...