Hay Winter Weekend 2018 early bird events announced

News - Festivals Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Stars include Gina Miller, Rose Tremain, Kate Humble

The Hay Festival Winter Weekend will take place this year from 22 to 25 November. Hay has announced its early bird events: campaigner Gina Miller talks Rise!; Rose Tremain revisits her 2008 novel The Road Home; broadcaster Kate Humble presents her reflections on a year spent walking, Thinking on My Feet; BBC Newsnight's diplomatic editor Mark Urban discusses the story of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in The Skripal Files; "Queen of Shops" Mary Portas offers her thoughts on improving workplaces, Work Like a Woman; and broadcaster James O'Brien presents his new guide on talking to people with different opinions, How To Be Right.

Tickets have gone on sale to Hay Festival friends, and will be on general sale from Thursday, 6 September.

The full programme will be announced on Wednesday 10 October.

The festival will incorporate a new, 500-seater marquee on the Cattle Market, and a pop-up bookshop space, while using the School Hall and St Mary's Church for additional events. It will coincide with the switching on of Hay's Christmas lights (23 November), with the Hay Food Festival (24 November), and the Hay Does Vintage fair (25 November).

Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, said: "As we move into autumn we're delighted to share our Winter Weekend early-birds: something to look forward to as the nights draw in. Hay Festival Winter Weekend is a chance to experience Hay as never before. The town is decked in Christmas lights and glistening with winter cheer. There will be great writers, inspiring thinkers, and a thrilling bazaar of local crafts, foods and curiosities. Join us."

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