Wednesday 26 May 2021 to Sunday 06 June 2021

More than 200 acclaimed writers, historians, poets and pioneers taking part in Hay Festival 2021.

From 26 May to 6 June, more than 200 acclaimed writers, historians, poets and pioneers will appear at Hay Festival 2021, broadcasting for free online.

The British Council is supporting a specially selected programme of six events at the festival, including the opening gala event “A Night of Hope” on 26th May featuring HRH The Duchess of CornwallStephen Fry *, Elif Shafak *, Simon Schama, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Rob Brydon, and chaired by classicist Natalie Haynes *.

Other events include journalist George Monbiot * (30.05.21) on how to live within our planet’s means, acclaimed Welsh-language poet Mererid Hopwood (30.05.21), winner of the Merky Books New Writers Prize Hafsa Zayyan (28.05.21), Caleb Azumah Nelson (29.05.21), and bestselling crime author Val McDermid* (01.06.21) on her new graphic novel.

The events are available to watch live, free of charge on the Hay Festival’s website, and can be viewed for free for 24 hours after the live broadcast. All events will be in English with captions and audiences should register for an event in advance.

For further details on these events and how to register please visit the British Council Literature website.

* A selection of their books can be found in the British Council Digital Library. Membership is open to everyone, free of charge and includes access to more than 150,000 documents, ebooks, audiobooks, concerts, plays, films, online training sessions, international press and magazines.

More information on how to join here

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