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Sky Arts Documenting 2023 Hay Festival


Sky Arts will be capturing the 2023 Hay Festival in the three-part docuseries From Hay, which will see presenter and avid reader Simon Savidge sit down with five authors at the event.

Savidge will speak with Richard E. Grant about his new memoir, A Pocketful of Happiness; Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible) about her latest novel, Demon Copperhead; comedian Fats Timbo about her book Main Character Energy; Kate Mosse about the final installment of The Joubert Family Chronicles trilogy, The Ghost Ship; and Emma Dabiri about her books, including Twisted, The Tangled History of Black Hair.

From Hay will air weekly on Sky Arts, Freeview and NOW beginning June 27. The festival itself runs from May 25 to June 4.

“Hay Festival is an absolute jewel of a gathering for book-lovers the world over,” Savidge said. “I can’t wait to sit down with this lineup of luminaries to dig into their newest writings, celebrate their bestsellers and bring our discussions to Sky Arts audiences across the country.”

Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, said, “The Sky Arts team are delighted to be returning to the Hay Festival to soak up the brilliant atmosphere and world class story telling this wonderful event has to offer. It’s a thrill to be able to bring some of the very best of the Festival to our highly literate audience.”

“Hay Festival 2023 offers ‘11 days of different’ in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, creating a space where great minds won’t always think alike and where imaginations are free to roam,” said Julie Finch, CEO of Hay Festival. “We are delighted to expand our work with Sky Arts this year, showcasing more of Hay Festival free for audiences unable to attend in person. Everyone is welcome.”

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