Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts

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Country and Region United KingdomWales
Type of Festival Drama, Literary, Music
Location of Festival Brecon, Wales, UK
Festival Contact Information

Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts
The Drill Hall
25 Lion Street
Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD
United Kingdom
Phone: 01497 822 620
International: +44 1497 821 217
Fax: +44 01497 821 066
Email: admin@hayfestival.com

Festival Description

The Hay Festival is an annual festival that takes place in Brecon, Wales at the beautiful Brecon National Park. The program roster includes a diverse and fascinating lineup of writers, comedians and musicians — all at the top of their game. The international artists will read, discuss, and play to audiences and share their insights and vision. The Hay offers a transformative experience!

Festival Dates May 23 - June 2, 2013
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Festival Events:

Highlights 2013:
  • John le Carré
    • le Carré will appear for the first time at Hay in an extended interview, discussing his career and writing with Philippe Sands. On the day Lord Leveson reports on the UK press we’re thrilled to announce that legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein will reflect on investigative journalism and the resonant American anniversaries of Gettysburg (150), Vietnam (40) and JFK’s assasination (50).
  • Elif Shafak
    • Turkish novelist Elif Shafak wowed the 2012 festival with her magical, four-minute contribution to the Charity Gala on the ‘Ghost G’ of the Turkish alphabet (listen to it again here). She will be developing this beautiful idea into the 2013 Raymond Williams Lecture.
  • Christy Moore
    • Folk hero Christy Moore will return with her sublime cover of Shane McGowan’s Fairytale of New York. Bliss.
  • Dara Ó Briain
    • The comedian and science champion will also return in 2013.


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