New venue for first in-person events for two years: Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Moss, Lauren Child, Kit de Waal and next winner of the Booker Prize on the programme
The festival, which runs over 24-28 November, will see appearances from novelists Jeanette Winterson, Matt Haig, Siri Hustvedt, Sarah Moss, Sarah Hall, JR Thorp, Elizabeth Day, Christopher Meredith, Catrin Kean, Onjali Q Raúf, Lauren Child, Kit de Waal and the soon-to-be-announced winner of the 2021 Booker Prize.
Other guests include actor Miriam Margolyes; adventurer Bear Grylls; broadcasters Anita Rani, Clare Balding, Fi Glover and Jane Garvey; theatre director David Hare; historians Simon Jenkins, Dan Jones and Hallie Rubenhold; journalists Paul Mason and Hannah Jane Parkinson; mathematician Marcus du Sautoy; science writers Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford and Robin Ince; environmentalist Jonathon Porritt; and comedians Phil Wang and Josh Widdecombe. The full line-up is available now at hayfestival.org/winter-weekend.
In-person events take place in a new Festival site in the centre of Hay-on-Wye. Comprised of the Wales Stage – Llwyfan Cymru located on the Cae Mawr field (at the base of the town’s Oxford Road Car Park) and the Baillie Gifford stage in the neighbouring Hay Primary School, the new site also includes the Festival bookshop, hosting regular inperson signings, along with a food and drink court and exhibitors. To ensure the safety of audiences, artists and staff against Covid-19, Hay Festival will have new procedures in place in line with Welsh Government guidance, with detailed information at hayfestival.org/winter-weekend/faqs.
An online programme of live streamed sessions and digital exclusives will run at hayfestival.org/winter-weekend with closed captioning offered for all digital events.
Hay Festival international director Cristina Fuentes la Roche said: "We’re back for our first in-person events in the UK in two years with Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2021, a Festival of inspiration and optimism to entertain curious minds of all ages. With an ambitious programme filling an innovative new site, it marks both a return to celebrate and a fresh start. Join us in a safe space to imagine the world anew and share the closing days of 2021 with music, laughter and friends.”
Jeanette Winterson (pictured) said: "It’s the time of year we need some internal sunshine and that’s what this is. It’s a place where there’s light and there’s warmth and a lot of fun."