Guest speakers featured were novelists Hilary Mantel, Anne Enright, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Elif Shafak, Roddy Doyle, Ingrid Persaud and Jessie Burton; poets Mererid Hopwood and Inua Ellams; economists Esther Duflo and Tim Harford; science and health experts Devi Sridhar, Sally Davies Paul Dolan, and James Peebles; lawyers Miriam Gonzalez Durantez and Philippe Sands; activists Lydia Cacho, Gloria Steinem, Christiana Figueres and Dara McAnulty; historians Simon Schama, Bettany Hughes and Greg Jenner; journalists Afua Hirsch and Kapka Kassabova; US diplomat Samantha Power; philosophers Roman Krznaric and AC Grayling; Colombian dancer Fernando Montaño; chef Yotam Ottolenghi; actors and comedians Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West; and children’s and YA stars Cressida Cowell, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Akala, Patrice Lawrence, Mohammad Khan, Lucy Worsley, Onjali Q Rauf, and Dean Atta.

Hay Festival Programme for Schools

The Hay Festival Programme for Schools ran between 18–22 May, and the festival uploaded events onto Hay Player. Each day, from 8am onwards, viewers could see two primary authors introduced by Konnie Huq and two secondary authors, introduced by Jenny Valentine. These events are still available to watch again on Hay Player.

The events were aimed at inspiring creative reading, and the programme had  events for children in both primary and secondary school. There were also Hay Festival learning resources that accompaned the sessions.

Hay Festival Digital - Main Programme

The main Hay Festival programme for 2020 ran from 22–31 May. This featured free live broadcasts and interactive events from more than 100 award-winning writers, global policy makers, historians, pioneers and innovators.

Hay Festival Digital  celebrated the best new fiction and non-fiction, as well as events that considered some of the biggest issues of the time.

The festival was hosted on the crowdcast platform, which enables questions and comments. All events are still available to view on Hay Player.

Get involved with Hay Festival 2020:

Write a #PostcardFromHay

During the Hay Festival fortnight, festival-goers were invited to share their favourite festival memories and quotes, book recommendations, and messages of hope and solidarity.

To take part, viewers simply wrote on a postcards or paper, took photo and posted them online using #PostcardFromHay. Everything can be viewed in the live gallery: #PostcardFromHay.

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