This year's Hay Festival Winter Weekend, featuring writers such as Rose Tremain, Horatio Clare, and Jeanette Winterson, drew record ticket sales of over 9,000.
The line-up for the four-day festival, which closed on Sunday (25th November), also included campaigners Ziauddin Yousafzai and Gina Miller; space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock; “Queen of Shops” Mary Portas; journalists James O’Brien, Oliver Bullough and Mark Urban; historians Helen Parr, Andrew Roberts, Tracy Borman, Andrew Green and Simon Jenkins; and performers Marcus Brigstocke, Gwyneth Glyn, and Mid-Wales Opera.
Bestselling books during the festival were James O’Brien’s How to be Right; Horatio Clare’s Something of His Art; Gina Miller’s Rise; Ziauddin Yousafzai’s Let Her Fly and Simon Jenkins' A Short History of Europe. Inventing Ourselves by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore was named Hay Festival Book of the Year 2018 following a call-out for public nominations.
Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, said: “What a fabulous weekend of thoughtful, optimistic happiness. And of people coming together and trading stories, dancing out of the Brexit shambles and celebrating humanity and friendship.”
Novelist Winterson added: “It’s the time of year we need some internal sunshine and that’s what this is. It’s a place where there’s light and there’s warmth and a lot of fun.”
Simon Jenkins, Jeannette Winterson, James O'Brien, Rosie Boycott at Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2018 (credit: Marsha Arnold)