Quick Reads at Hay Festival 2021

This year we are delighted to be a part of the Hay Festival, which brings writers and readers together in hundreds of free interactive broadcasts live from Hay-on-Wye to the world from the 26th May to the 6th June.

Over 11 days, more than 200 acclaimed writers, global policy makers, historians, poets, pioneers and innovators will take part, launching the best new fiction and non-fiction for all ages while interrogating some of the biggest issues of our time, from building a better world post-pandemic to tackling the compound crises of climate change, inequality, and challenges to truth and democracy…

This year the line-up includes great names like David Hockney, Graham Norton, Cressida Cowell, David Walliams, Quick Reads 2021 author Caitlin Moran and so many more.

Joining the exciting programme of events to celebrate Quick Reads’ 15th anniversary and the 2021 publication day will be ambassador Jojo Moyes and Quick Reads 2021 author Oyinkan Braithwaite. The two bestselling authors will be discussing the importance of reading, how it changed their lives and how reading has the power to benefit the nation at such a vital time in our lives. Join them online on Thursday 27 May 2021 at 2pm, you can register for the event here.

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Quick Reads are short books written by bestselling authors that aim to encourage people who don’t read often or struggle with reading to discover the joy of books.

This year’s Quick Reads authors are Caitlin Moran, Katie Fforde, Khurrum Rahman, Louise Candlish, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Peter James. From dark domestic noir and compelling crime to family drama and feminist manifesto, the transformative titles publishing on 27 May 2021 are great reads showcasing the very best in contemporary writing. They are available for just £1 at bookshops and free to borrow from libraries, colleges, prisons, trade unions, hospitals and adult learning organisations across the UK. Find out where you can get your copies here.

Take a look at our case studies to see the impact that Quick Reads have on emergent readers and find out more about Hay Festival at their website www.hayfestival.com.

The Reading Agency

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