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Hay Festival

Street bunting in Hay-on-Wye during the festival
Hay-on-Wye is world-renowned for books, bookshops and the literary festival. Credit: Billie Charity

The Hay Festival, an annual celebration of literature and the arts, unfolds against the picturesque backdrop of Hay-on-Wye, a charming Welsh border town in Powys.

Celebrating literature and creativity in Hay-on-Wye

First held in 1988, this vibrant gathering has evolved into a global phenomenon, attracting writers, artists, thinkers, and performers from all corners of the world. Their mission? To ignite imaginations, provoke discussions, and share their creative sparks with enthusiastic audiences.

Over the years, the Hay Festival has become one of the most prominent cultural events in Wales and the UK, attracting thousands of visitors annually. Last year, we proudly sponsored the festival, with experts from the University sharing their scientific discoveries, technological advancements, and hosted discussions on nationhood.

Our participation in the 2024 festival

Hay Festival Wales will take place this year from 23 May to 2 June 2024.

Representatives from the University will once again be returning to the festival, bringing a variety of engaging conversations, talks and panel discussions.

For more information about the festival and other events, see the full 2024 programme.

Social Class in Contemporary Britain
Venue: Meadow Stage

The panel will explore the modern class structure in the UK and discuss how class is lived and experienced; how class interacts with other identities such as race and gender; and the relationship between class and political behaviour.

Walkerdine is a Professor at the University's School of Social Sciences, Dr Ryan Davey is a Lecturer and Richard Gater is a research assistant at the Centre for Adult Social Care Research. Dan Evans is a researcher at Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data.

Food For Thought Workshop
Venue: Creative Hub

The world’s human population acquires two-thirds of its calories from just three crops, each with one harvest in each hemisphere. With a burgeoning population, cities spreading onto productive agricultural land and climate change, the area we have for producing food is steadily declining. So where will we grow our food and what will it look like? Will we go vegan or produce all our food organically?

The University's Agronomist Jonathon Harrington will lead a discussion with two world authorities, Professor Tina Barsby (University of Cambridge) and Professor Denis Murphy (University of South Wales), on this essential subject.

Join the experts to hear the scale of the issues and then come together to workshop some solutions.