Hay Festival early bird tickets on sale

Perhaps the best book festival on the planet has today released early bird tickets, so get in fast and bag yourself a seat to see the likes of Philip Pullman, Bridget Christie and The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood.

The eleven-day book extravaganza known as Hay Festival is an absolute must for bibliophiles. Set in the glorious Hay-on-Wye in Wales (24 May – 3 June 2018), the festival offers a huge mix of events and talks from the world’s leading authors.

To whet your appetite, organisers have released seven ‘early bird’ events, giving a real taste of the great programme they have in store, details of which are pending and should be announced in the coming months.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in any of the following events, make sure you visit the Hay website and get a ticket before it’s too late.

Margaret Atwood
The Canadian writer discusses her 1985 dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, with Peter Florence.

Philip Pullman, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes
Experts explore the function of folklore and fairy tales in contemporary society.

Bridget Christie
The award-winning comedienne explores Brexit, Trump and nuclear apocalypse in her latest show.

Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams
A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans?

Sarah Churchwell
The writer and academic offers a history of America First, one of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans.

Les Amazones d’Afrique
The supergroup of West African women musicians raise the roof with a spectacular concert.

Letters Live 2018
The all-star performance returns to Hay for the fifth year, presenting memorable letters to a live audience.

For more details, visit hayfestival.com