The Hay Festival is going ahead online

Qatar bookworms can enjoy the literary fair from home

The Hay Festival is going ahead online

The world famous Hay Festival will be taking place online for the first time ever.

The first-ever digital-only Hay Festival will bring writers and readers together from now until Sunday May 31 2020 in free live broadcasts and interactive questions and answers sessions.

More than 100 award-winning writers, global policy makers, historians, pioneers and innovators will be taking part, celebrating the best new fiction and non-fiction, and interrogating some of the biggest issues of our time, from Covid-19 and world health, to the climate crisis and our future, under the theme of #ImagineTheWorld.

And there's plenty for little bookworms too as what would have been the Hay Festival Programme for Schools will also take place online.

Kicking things off with five days of storytelling and live performances for KS 2, 3 and 4 pupils learning at home the children's programme will run until Friday May 22, while entertaining and inspiring digital activities aimed at families will run throughout the Festival.

But don't worry if you can't make a particular session or miss a workshop with a favourite author sessions are recorded so you can watch them back at a time that suits you.

The director of Hay Festival, Peter Florence, said: “Our Haymakers and partners have given us this fresh opportunity to celebrate the stories and ideas that we love. We’ll be zinging the programme as if from a green field in Wales and welcoming readers from around the world into a digital party. So, let us, ciphers to this great accompt, on your imaginary forces work…”

Have fun little bookworms.

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