Hay Festival unveils Winter Warmer events

Lucy Nathan
News - Festivals Monday, 15th November 2021

Free online events include Matt Haig, Damon Galgut and Siri Hustvedt


Hay Festival Winter Weekend organisers have unveiled five free Winter Warmer events online ahead of the main event on 24 to 28 November. The films aim to act as 'appetisers' for the full Winter Weekend, which will be ticketed and in-person for the first time in two years, with writers including Jeanette Winterson, Miriam Margolyes and Lauren Child.

The Winter Warmer events feature Booker winner Damon Galgut, novelist Matt Haig, cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, environmentalist Bill McKibben, and writer Siri Hustvedt. Haig will discuss The Comfort Book with Emma Gannon; Hustvedt will talk to journalist Razia Iqbal about her new essay collection Mothers, Fathers and Others; McKibben talks to fellow environmentalist Fatima Ibrahim about his book The End of Nature; Pinker talks to FT journalist Gillian Tett about his latest book Rationality; and Galgut presents The Promise in conversation with Canongate Books editor-at-large Ellah P Wakatama. 

Hay Festival international director Cristina Fuentes la Roche said: "Here are five special online-only events available free to everyone. This is a Festival of inspiration and optimism to entertain curious minds of all ages. As the nights draw in, join us for a dose of storytelling, debate and laughter with some of the world's most engaging writers and thinkers."

The films are available online now for free.