Authors appearing at the 2017 Hay Festival

04 May 2017

Each May the historic Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye welcomes readers and authors for the Hay Festival. Read on to discover the Picador authors appearing at this year's event and how to buy tickets to see your favourite writers.
 
Tim Winton
 
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The great novelist, author of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, is publishing two non-fiction books - which he will be discussing with Rebecca Jones for BBC Talking Books. Charged with love for the huge, besieging force of Australia’s wild spaces, Island Home: A Landscape Memoir is a passionate call for their conservation. His deeply personal The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and literature.
 
 

BBC Talking Books 3: The Boy Behind the Curtain

Event 112 • Sunday 28 May 2017, 10am • Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
 

 
Omar Saif Ghobash talks to Rosie Boycott
Letters to a Young Muslim
 
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Omar Saif Gobash will be talking to Rosie Boycott about his new book Letters to a Young Muslim. In this series of letters addressed to his sons, Ghobash encourages them to face issues others insist are not relevant, not applicable and even Islamophobic. These letters serve as a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today’s world. Omar Saif Ghobash is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia.
 
 
Event 304 • Wednesday 31 May 2017, 8.30pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage 
 
 

 
 
Edward Docx
 
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Edward Docx’s new novel, Let go my Hand, is a darkly comic and deeply moving 21st century love story between a son, his brothers and their father. Docx and Kate Hamer, author of the The Doll Funeral and The Girl in the Red Coat, will be speaking to Georgina Godwin. 
 
 
Event 324 • Thursday 1 June 2017, 1pm • Venue: Cube
 

 
Mark Watson 
Stand-up: This is Not a Show Yet!
 
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Freewheeling stand-up Mark Watson presents an ill-ordered but exciting jumble of new material in one of the first ever performances of what will become his 2018 national tour show. Mark's latest novel, The Place that Didn't Exist, is out in hardback now. 
 
 
Event 352 • Thursday 1 June 2017, 8.30pm • Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
 

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Talking About Death, a Dialogue 
 
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Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. Cathy Rentzenbrink's new book, A Manual for Heartache explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how to carry on. Cathy will be in discussion with grief psychotherapist and author of Julia Samuel.
 
 
Event 470 • Sunday 4 June 2017, 10am • Venue: Good Energy Stage
 
 
 

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