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Hay Festival 2013



Hay Festival gathers people to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be. Share stories and ideas with great international writers and thinkers, film makers, historians and novelists, environmentalists, poets and scientists in the beauty of the Black Mountains.

Highlights of Hay Festival 2013

This year Hay explores truth and lies in fiction and in the the press and is holding a rare in-conversation event with John le Carré. Carl Bernstein, the legendary journalist who broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, is discussing the second-term Obama administration.

Children's festival

Hay has its own 10-day children's festival, packed with firm favourites such as Julia Donaldson, Quentin Blake and Michael Morpurgo, with inspiration and workshops for readers and writers of all ages.

Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts is debating the internet and the new constituencies with Paul Staines, the right-wing Westminster blogger Guido Fawkes, the Labour digital campaigner David Prescott and Parliamentarian of the Year Jesse Norman. How are social media, blogging and Twitter changing the way 'consumer voters' connect with politicians?

At night, Hay likes to party with the greatest comedians and musicians, from Miranda Hart and Dara O Briain to KT Tunstall, Rokia Traore and Noah and the Whale.

Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'the Woodstock of the mind'.

We'll be giving away a free pair of tickets for Hay on the Mumsnet book club Twitter account. Just follow us @Mumsnetbookclub for the chance to enter.


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