Wednesday 26 May 2021 to Sunday 06 June 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 series of six events at the festival, including the opening gala event ‘A Night of Hope’, featuring HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Stephen Fry, Elif Shafak, Simon Scharma, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Rob Brydon, and chaired by classicist Natalie Haynes.

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

Audiences can register for an event in advance to receive updates (see links to individual events below).

For a detailed programme of events supported by the British Council visit our Literature website.

For information on the full Hay Festival Digital programme see

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