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 HAY FESTIVAL WINTER WEEKEND

Hay Festival Winter Weekend runs from 29 November to 1 December with a programme highlighting tales of adventure and the natural world.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes explores Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth; Patrick Barkham delves into Badgerlands; Jennifer Potter discusses seven iconic flowers in history; Archie Miles expounds on the The British Oak; John Bradshaw purrs about Cat Sense; and Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, launches a new programme with the Environmental Justice Foundation.

For historians, Simon Pearson honours The Great Escaper Roger Bushell, and David Reynolds' The Long Shadow: The Great War and the 20th Century radically reinterprets the effects of 1914-1918 on modernism and industry, democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism.

Phil Rickman, GF Newman, Philip Kerr and Rhidian Brook's novels explore crimes and misdemeanours, while Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James about Prisonomics.

There are intriguing insights into classic popular favourites as Joanna Toye rakes the muck on The Archers, Simon Singh counts the numbers in The Simpsons and Ella Hickson rewrites Peter Pan for the Royal Shakespeare Company days ahead of the opening of their new family show Wendy & Peter Pan.

And in the evenings there are carrolling singalongs, concerts and a lot of laughs with the QI Team and Haymate Marcus Brigstocke.

For families the utterly fabulous Michael Rosen performs Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story. 

Younger audiences can experience a Royal Shakespeare Company storytelling workshop of Peter Pan in Hay Castle, and join drop-in art lessons and crafting workshops at Booth's Bookshop. Tracey Corderoy tells her story Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake Off, comic children’s author Marianne Levy introduces her heroine Ellie May, and for a festive occasion for all the family, Theatrix Shadow Puppet Theatre presents A Christmas Carol. 

The Hay Festival Winter Weekend is based at The Swan Hotel, Hay Castle and Booth's Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye. Add Christmas shopping in Hay's many lovely independent shops, the annual celebration of turning on Hay's Christmas lights and the food and vintage fairs in our pretty town and it's a perfect weekend to launch the festive season.

The full 2013 programme: Hay Festival Winter Weekend
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Hay Festival Xalapa is a celebration of ideas and stories – more important than ever when writers and journalists put their lives on the line to tell truths. It is held in various venues across the University City of Xalapa from 2 to 6 October. Novelists, film-makers, musicians, artists and journalists, and of course a great audience, will meet at Hay Festival Xalapa 2013 for the third edition of this festival celebrating culture, debate and knowledge.

Highlights of this year’s programme include Derek Walcott, Carl Bernstein, Jody Williams, Irvine Welsh, David Safier, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Vicente Molina Foix, Rory Carroll, Ernesto Cardenal, David Rieff and Sergio Pitol.

For the full programme please see Hayfestival.org/Xalapa
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Hay Festival Xalapa 3-7 October 2012

Our third Mexican festival in the town of Xalapa is headlined by the Nobel Laureates JM Le Clezio and Wole Soyinka and features international writers including Guadalupe Nettel, Jeanette Winterson, Enrique Vila-Matas, Alberto Manguel, Janne Teller, Evelio Rosero, Peter Godwin, Alvaro Enrique, Alan Pauls and music from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Cafe Tacvba.

The festival launches our partnership with PEN International.
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Our Autumn Festivals odyssey across four continents begins in Kenya, then to Spain and on to Mexico, a visit to Turkey, and on to Bangladesh.

As we travel four continents we hope you will join us by downloading podcasts from each festival, signing up for our regular newsletters for monthly updates and following our international Hay Festival blog where writers from around the world offer their thoughts and reflections on the festivals they visit and the debates they take part in. We look forward to sharing our conversations re-imagining the world with you.
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Our fifth Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi runs 19–22 September and is the annual celebration of Storymoja's year-round campaign to promote the culture of reading in Kenya. The festival is held at the Nairobi National Museum.

Join us for an international gathering of great writers and thinkers as they imagine the world and tell the story of life in Kenya today. Highlights include Teju Cole, Mukesh Kapila, Peter Godwin, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Dr Auma Obama, Catherine Ndereba, Paula Kahumbu, Sitawa Namwalie and Mongane Wally Serote.

There are family events at the children's Storyhippo Village, from science experiments to poetry workshops with writers for young people including Jenny Valentine and Atinuke, and great music and theatre events in the evenings. 

Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September are our dedicated Programme for Schools days. We are delighted to be joined by Dr Auma Obama talking about leadership and confidence skills, Patrick Wameyo and Florence Ambayo on careers advice, and success stories from animator and Just a Band member Daniel Muli, alongside poetry workshops and live literature.

The Schools Days inspire young people to think and write creatively. They provide a unique opportunity to reach out to children and get them involved in cultural events, with opportunities to meet their literary heroes. Nairobi National Museum staff will also be on hand to give tours of the internationally important exhibits in the museum and to share their knowledge with students.

For the full programme see hayfestival.org/Nairobi
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Hay Festival Segovia

Hay Festival Segovia takes place this weekend, 27-30 September. Highlights include Antony Beevor, Thomas Heatherwick and Philippa Gregory from the UK, Evelio Rosero from Colombia, Juan José Millas, Javier Moro and Matilde Asensi from Spain, Nicole Krauss from the US, Mariusz Szczygiel from Poland and Karl Ove Knausgaard from Norway.

Follow our Hay Festival blog for writer's thoughts and impressions at the festival this coming weekend.
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From the 4th to the 6th of July Lebenon will host the first Hay Festival Beirut with great international authors such as John Lee Anderson (USA), Paolo Giordano (Italy) and Mathias Enard (French) and Kamila Shamsie (UK) as well as Arab writers like Abbas Baydoun (Lebanon), Nairwan Darwish (Palestine), Khaled Khalifa (Syria) and Mansoura Ez Eldin (Egypt).
All the events are free but ticketed and take place in the Beirut Arts Center and Zico House. For further information, please contact Beirut Art Center to book tickets (info@beirutartcenter.org)
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Over the past decade Hay Festival has become a global not for profit institution that runs festivals and projects in the UK, (Hay-on-Wye, London, Belfast), Spain (Segovia) and Colombia, (Cartagena de Indias and Bogota); in 2009 we launched Kenya and Lebanon. July 2010 celebrated our first annual festival in Mexico (Zacatecas) and in India (Kerala). We also launched our new project in the Maldives in October 2010.

Hay festival was awarded the Queens award for international trade in 2009.