Philippe Sands joins Hay Festival board

Philippe Sands joins Hay Festival board

Author and prominent human rights barrister Philippe Sands QC has joined Hay Festival’s board of directors. 

Sands, who was appointed president of English PEN last year, has previously served as vice president of Hay Festival.

His most recent book East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (W&N) was awarded the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize and the 2017 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (France), and inspired the 2015 BBC documentary "My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did", and the recent BBC podcast series, "The Ratline".  

Chair of Hay Festival Caroline Michel said: “For 32 years Hay has lit a beacon for enlightenment. In a volatile world of anger and corrupted language, the festival champions empathy and curiosity. Stories and truths are told, ideas are shared, and everyone is encouraged to imagine the world from other perspectives and with renewed and audacious hope. We’re delighted to welcome Philippe Sands to the board as we look to a vibrant festival future here and around the world.”

Sands added: “At a time of serious global challenges, when writers and ideas are under threat, I am delighted and honoured to be able to contribute to the fabulous, path-breaking, vital Hay Festival in this new way.”

This year’s Hay Festival Wales takes place between 23rd May and 2nd June. 

Earlybird tickets to Hay Festival Wales, including Sands in conversation with bestselling novelist Leïla Slimani, are on sale now at or on 01497 822 629. The full programme will be released on 29th March.