A montage image of the faces of all the guests at the Hays 2022 festival
Monday 06 June 2022 to Tuesday 21 June 2022

The Hay Festival programme, returning for its first in-person spring event in the UK since 2019, will feature more than 600 award-winning writers, global policy makers, pioneers and innovators in conversations, performances and debates.

Here at the British Council, we’re supporting a series of seven events at the festival, including a gala poetry reading event 'A Poet for Every Day of the Year', with speakers Stephen Fry, Inua Ellams, Allie Esiri, Theresa Lola, Damian Lewis, Lesley Sharp and Lemn Sissay.

Other Events Include 

  • Novelist and Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo
  • Authors Laura Bates and Laurie Penny discussing women, misogyny and power
  • Welsh writer, poet and playwright Eric Ngalle Charles
  • Bestselling author of Brick Lane, Monica Ali on her new novel Love Marriage
  • Author Okechukwu Nzelu on his new novel about two gay British-Nigerian friends Here Again Now
  • Mexican author Fernanda Melchor kicking off a new international series of events in partnership with the Hay Festival, Imagine Equity

 How to Watch

The events will be available to watch online from the 7 June for two weeks free of charge on the Hay Festival’s website.