Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been added to the bill of Hay Festival 2021, where he will be in conversation with his former spokesperson Alastair Campbell.
Blair, now executive chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, will appear in conversation with communicator, mental health campaigner and former spokesperson Campbell to discuss his time in office, his work with the institute, and the unique global challenges leaders now face. The event on 3rd June leads the festival’s conversation series marking 300 years since the UK’s first prime minister came to power, featuring former leaders and analysts discussing the future of democracy and challenges to leadership today.
Heather Salisbury, Hay Festival artist manager, said: “We’re delighted to welcome former Prime Minister Tony Blair onto the Hay Festival programme for the first ever time in a far-ranging conversation on some of the most prevalent challenges of our times. This spring we beam our programme to you from Richard Booth’s Bookshop in the heart of Hay-on-Wye, welcoming writers, readers, thinkers and dreamers together from around the world to join our digital party. Let’s meet this moment of challenge with hope. Join us.”
The festival will take place from 26th May to 6th June and be fully digital for its 34th spring edition with a free programme of events featuring more than 250 writers, global policy makers, historians, poets, pioneers and innovators.
For more information, visit hayfestival.org/wales.