Hay Festival Winter Weekend doubles capacity

Hay Festival Winter Weekend doubles capacity

Robert Macfarlane, Jeanette Winterson and Matt Haig are some of the headliners announced for the biggest ever Hay Festival Winter Weekend with a venue twice as big while ticket numbers look set to triple.

The newly unveiled line-up for the event in Hay-on-Wye will be hosted in new venue offering double the previous capacity - at 400 seats - with the event starting a day earlier than before, on 23rd November, and running until 26th November. Organisers told The Bookseller that 5,652 people tickets were sold last year while for 2017, 14,318 tickets have gone.

Speakers include “prize-winning novelists and poets, global policy makers, industry leaders and guardians of the natural world” as well as performers from TV, film and theatre as well as musicians and sports people.

Hay Festival Winter Weekend is now in its 18th year, “blending literary conversation, immersive performances and interactive workshops, with the best of the town’s seasonal shopping and a chance to explore the famed natural surroundings in all their autumnal splendour”.

Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, said: “Come and join us in Hay for fireside storytelling and feasting. The town is decked in Christmas lights and glistening with winter cheer for a celebration of scrumptious food, glorious vintage clothing and high times. Bring a story, bring a new idea, bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.”

The festival has also issued a public call to nominate the Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017 with a special prize draw, visit this website for more information.

Tickets go on general release on Thursday (19th October) at hayfestival.org.