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Reading, writing and remarkable events at Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye 

IN THE LEAD up to the second weekend of Hay Festival, punters took advantage of the warm weather to catch up on some reading. Today’s speakers included Jools Holland, Caitlin Moran, Elif Shafak, Priscilla Morris, Eve Bohannon and Joseph Coelho.

From climate change to comedy, Friday’s programme offered a wide variation of events with speakers John Bailey, Gavin Bunting, Aditi Mittal and Philip Lymbery. Other events included Isabella Hammad and Claire Kilroy talking about the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024, and Caleb Azumah Nelson on winning the Dylan Thomas Prize 2024. 

Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye 2024 is supported by lead sponsors Welsh Government, Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales, lead media partner the BBC and digital media partner TikTok.

Launching the best new fiction and non-fiction, while offering insights and debate around significant global issues, the programme sees writers, policy makers, pioneers and innovators take part from around the world, offering big thinking and bold ideas. 

Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye runs to 2 June. Discover the full programme and book individual events online now at hayfestival.org/hay-on-wye

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