Hay 2019 earlybird bookings open

News - Festivals Monday, 03 December 2018

Leila Slimani, Julia Donaldson among stars announced

Leila Slimani, Markus Zusak, Jared Diamond, Julia Donaldson and Horatio Clare are among the stars of the earlybird events at the 32nd Hay Festival, taking place from 23 May to 2 June next year. Booking for Hay friends opens today, 3 December. Public booking opens on Thursday (6 December).

Other authors at Hay 2019 will include Venki Ramakrishnan, Robert Macfarlane, Michael Rosen and Sandi Toksvig, and there will be performances of Diaries Live and Speeches Live.

Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, said: "The perfect gifts of ideas and stories and laughter this Christmas. And we'll send you the promise of spring. The full programme will be launched on 29 March, with some fanfare."

The festival will see the launch of a new project, Hay Festival Europa28. It aims to promote the sharing of ideas across Europe and beyond through specially commissioned lectures and essays. Another new venture will be Wayfaring Walks and Mountain Warehouse Walks, exploring the Brecon Beacons with expert guides and travel writers.

Dylan Moore, Hay Festival Creative Wales international fellow 2018-19, will present a series of interviews, lectures and workshops on displacement.

Photo of Leila Slimani by Helie Gallimard

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