Hay Festival 2017

The Birmingham speaker series at the Hay Festival

The thirtieth Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts will take place from Thursday 25 May – Sunday 4 June 2017. 

The Festival brings together life-changing writers, fabulous stars of stage and screen, pioneers of science and technology, and future world leaders, for a party of ideas and stories.

The University of Birmingham’s College of Arts and Law will be hosting a series of six talks, showcasing some of our top academics and the breadth of arts and humanities subjects studied by our students. 

25 May 2017

Lisa Bortolotti

Optimism and success

26 May 2017

Rosie Harding

Why we all have a duty to care about dementia

31 May 2017

Jeannette Littlemore

The way you tell it: the benefits and drawbacks of non-literal expression in everyday life

1 June 2017

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Art in the time of colony

1 June 2017

Erika Rackley

Who our judges are and why it matters

4 June 2017

Lucie Ryzova

What I found in a flea market in Cairo


To book tickets for any of the sessions, visit www.hayfestival.com, or call +44 (0)1497 822 629.

For more information follow us on twitter, @artsatbham, using the hashtag #bhamathay.

Free Festival Tickets – up for grabs!

We are thrilled to be able to give away four pairs of tickets to an event of your choosing, at this year’s Hay Festival in Wales! These are available to current students at the University, and also University alumni. To be in with a chance of winning a pair, please contact us at calevents@contacts.bham.ac.uk. Within your email, please state the year you are set to graduate/graduated, the course you are studying/studied and the event you’d like to attend at the Hay Festival in Wales. Please also confirm your full name, and your telephone number. 

Please note: the competition will close at midnight on Monday 8 May 2017, and entries sent after this time will not be accepted. Please also note that tickets are subject to availability, and the prize is non-refundable.

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