Hay Festival Digital Winter Weekend

26th – 29th November

Hay Festival Digital Winter Weekend brings writers and readers together for one weekened between 26th – 29th November 2020 in a free digital wonderland of thoughtful conversation, storytelling, comedy and family fun. Now in its 21st year, the Hay Festival Winter Weekend is going digital and will be streamed live with a star-studded line-up of speakers and performers. Browse the programme here and register to watch events.

Hay Festival Digital Winter Weekend
Winter View of River Wye

The Hay on Wye 2020 Winter Weekend programme including writers like Robert Macfarlane, Lee Child, Ruth Jones and Sarah Moss to name just a few.

All events at the Hay Festival Digital Winter Weekend are free to access and it couldn’t be easier to register and watch online. Simply browse the Festival programme and click “register” for any event you wish to see. You will need to log in to the Hay Festival website or create an account in order to do this. The Festival will send you a confirmation email once you’ve booked your first event, and all the events that you subsequently book will be added to your own Hay Festival Winter Weekend Schedule. All events are available with subtitles.

Once you have registered on the Hay Festival website, follow the “Go to Event” link under each listing, or follow the link in your schedule to watch the event. To make sure you don’t miss anything, you will receive an email reminder just before each of your booked events begins.

If you have any questions about registering for events, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Hay Festival at: [email protected].

Not to be missed…

How exciting that the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced during the Winter Weekend on the 19th November. Join in and celebrate this prestigious literary prize open to fiction writers of any nationality writing in english and published in the UK and Ireland. The shortlist 6 was selected from 162 submitted and includes;

  • Diane Cook – The New Wilderness
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga – This Mournable Body
  • Avni Doshi – Burnt Sugar
  • Maaza Mengiste – The Shadow King
  • Douglas Stuart – Shuggie Bain
  • Brandon Taylor – Real Life

Wish you were there..

Whilst you can’t be in Hay on Wye in person you can still support the lovely local bookshops by shopping online.

Addyman Books

C. Arden Bookseller

The Children’s Bookshop

Broad Street Book Centre

Green Ink Booksellers

Hay Cinema Bookshop


Richard Booth’s Bookshop

The Poetry Bookshop

The Story of Books

We hope you enjoy the Hay Festival Winter Weekend and hope you see you all in person next year, until then, happy reading. Feeling organised? Why not go ahead and book your stay at By the Wye for Hay Festival 2021?
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