Stormzy, Dua Lipa and more to appear at literature festival taking place not too far from Bristol

Stormzy, Dua Lipa and more to appear at literature festival taking place not too far from Bristol

Posted on: 14 Mar 2023

Hay Festival, which takes place in Hay-On-Wye, Wales every year regularly attracts around 300,000 people to celebrate literature and the 36th edition is sure to be no different.


Hay Festival takes place between Thursday 25 May and Sunday 4 June.


With a full programme of more than 500 in-person events over 11 days this Spring, the ever-popular festival will feature appearances from prominent names including Stormzy, Dua Lipa, Helena Bonham Carter, Margaret Atwood, Richard Osman, Richard E. Grant, Jacqueline Wilson, Sadiq Khan, David Walliams, Tracy Emin, David Olusoga and many more.


Public bookings for Hay Festival 2023 go live this Friday 17 March. Visit the festival website for more information.



Hay Festival is the world’s top festival of ideas, bringing together readers, writers and thinkers for sustainable events that inspire, examine, and entertain all taking place at the cusp of the breathtaking Brecon Beacons National Park. 


This 2023 programme will introduce attendees to the best new fiction and non-fiction while offering insights and debate around various global issues. Award-winning writers, policy-makers and pioneers from around the world will descend on the festival, offering original thoughts and bold ideas. 


A plethora of planned events aims to offer something for everyone, beginning with a free Programme for Schools followed by HAYDAYS and #HAYYA events for families, all encouraging young readers to get creative throughout the half-term. 


Evenings are given over to a top-quality music, comedy and entertainment programme, while free pop-up activities and performances around the site will keep the audience entertained between events. 

Providing exciting new platforms for discovery, Hay Festival invites audiences to imagine the world as it is and as it might be, with a focus on change, action, and accessibility for all. Hay Festival CEO Julie Finch said about this year’s festival: 


“This Hay Festival edition is a beacon, an international symbol of hope for the collective, creative imagination and a better future. Our latest programme offers ‘11 days of different’ in the Brecon Beacons National Park, creating a space where great minds won’t always think alike, and where imaginations are free to roam. 


“During the day our conversations will grapple and engage with the world around us, seeking solutions to some of the biggest challenges of our times while inspiring the next generation of world-changers. And in the evening we’ll laugh, dance and exchange stories in a place like nowhere else. Join us.” 

Hay Festival takes place between Thursday 25 May and Sunday 4 June with public bookings opening this Friday 17 March. Check out the festival website for more information.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.