Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature

Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature

Late May to early June
This celebration of words and language has been held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, since 1988. It offers 10 days of comedy, theater, and musical performances in addition to conversations, debates, lectures, interviews, and readings by poets and fiction writers. The festival regularly features some of the most widely known Welsh, Irish, English, European, and American writers in the world, including Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, John Mortimer, William Golding, Anthony Hecht, Joseph Heller, and Jan Morris. Musical performances have included the Welsh National Opera Male Choir and the English Shakespeare Company.
A series of master classes in poetry, short story, and television screenwriting has recently been established for young writers attending the festival whose poems or stories have been published or whose plays have been produced. The master classes include a week of intensive work under the supervision of such renowned writers as Joseph Brodsky, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980, and the famous Welsh poet and short-story writer Leslie Norris.
CONTACTS:
Hay Festival
The Drill Hall
25 Lion St.
Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AD United Kingdom
44-87-0990-1299; fax: 44-14-9782-1066
www.hayfestival.co.uk
Hay-on-Wye Tourist Information Bureau
Oxford Rd.
Hay-on-Wye
Herefordshire, Wales HR3 5DG United Kingdom
44-14-9782-0144
www.hay-on-wye.com