British Library acquires Hay Festival archive

Hay Festival archive

The largest single donation of literary recordings in our history

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Founder and Director of Hay Festival Peter Florence announced the news at the 30th Festival’s closing reception in front of an audience of guests including US Senator Bernie Sanders.

From Nobel Prize-winners and global policy makers, to award-winning novelists and transcendent entertainers, speakers who have appeared at Hay Festival over the years have included: Arthur Miller, Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Edward Said, Alice Walker, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Carter, Seamus Heaney, Zadie Smith, Tom Stoppard, Nadine Gordimer, Martin Amis, Paul McCartney, Desmond Tutu and Al Gore.

Stephen Cleary, Lead Curator of Literary and Creative Recordings at the British Library, said:

‘The collection will prove an invaluable resource for the study of writers and the public, and will trace how Hay Festival grew from relatively modest beginnings 30 years ago to become a national and international phenomenon.’

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