In the UK, literary festivals report that invited authors from the Middle East and Africa are increasingly seeing their visa applications denied.
Innovations in STEM and gender equality are featured as social topics in this year’s Hay Festival Querétaro in September, the 13th iteration of the Mexican event in Hay’s annual cycle of international stagings.
Addressing world political issues through the creative industries’ perspectives, the international series of Hay Festival events has announced that its programming in Spain will feature issues of ‘coexistence, the future of Europe, and debates on gender.’
The long-running biennial Festival America, originating in France, announces its first London installation, a four-day event with political and international social issues at the forefront.
The winner of the second iteration of the Albertine Prize for French literature translated into English is announced in New York, as six guest curators are named in the UK for this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival.
The Cheltenham Literary Festival—the UK’s oldest literary festival—announces its 2018 educational programming aimed at children and school groups. The main festival runs October 5 to 14.
In recognition of the Singapore Book Council’s 50th anniversary, the Asian Festival of Children’s Content names Singapore its ‘Country of Focus.’ And in the States, Macmillan and Binc open a second year of diversity-driven bookseller scholarships.
As Atwoodian handmaids moved in robes and bonnets around the property, Wales’ 31st flagship Hay Festival drew some 700 speakers and sold more than a quarter of a million tickets to its 800 events in literature and contemporary issues.
The way to open a new poetry bookstore at a communal office, says the UK’s Second Home, is to hold a poetry festival on the premises. The company’s Holland Park facility is the venue in June.
Taking a cue from current events and many cultures’ experiences of displacement, the Jan Michalski Foundation focuses its debut literary festival ‘beyond borders.’