Hay Festival Europa28


Hay Festival Europa28 presents 28 women writers – one from each EU country – sharing their visions for the future over three days in Rijeka, 5-9 October 2020. Blending award-winning writers, scientists, performers and artists, participants include novelists Leïla Slimani (France) and Janne Teller (Denmark), travel writer Kapka Kassabova (Bulgaria), poet Asja Bakic (Croatia), actress Lisa Dwan (Ireland), and sociologist Renata Salecl (Slovenia). Each will showcase their work in readings, workshops, performances and debates throughout the city, while an anthology of their work, Hay Festival Europa28: Visions for the Future, will be launched.


As we count down to this big event we invite you to watch a film series which will introduce the project’s themes, participants and goals. Videos will be added weekly throughout September and beggining of October.

Hay Festival Europa28: Writing by Women on the Future of Europe          

“To be European,” writes Leïla Slimani, “is to believe that we are, at once, diverse and united, that the Other is different but equal.” Despite these high ideals, however, there is a growing sense that Europe needs to be fixed, or at the least seriously rethought. The clamour of rising nationalism – alongside widespread feelings of disenfranchisement – needs to be addressed if the dreams of social cohesion, European integration, perhaps even democracy are to be preserved.
Hay Festival Europa28: Writing by Women on the Future of Europe brings together 28 acclaimed women writers, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs from across the continent to offer new perspectives on the future of Europe, and how it might be rebuilt. Featuring essays, fictions and short plays, Europa28 asks what it means to be European today and demonstrates – with clarity and often humour – how women really do see things differently.
“Inspiring, essential, honest and deeply humane… This brilliant collection takes readers on a brave journey into our beloved continent, Europe, daring to tell the stories beyond its centres of power and privilege” – Elif Shafak, novelist.
“The scale of vision is ambitious… a bright celebration of unity in difference” – The Guardian
“Essays on the EU’s future deliver warnings on the dream of becoming a beacon for the world” – Financial Times
“The anthology provides a literary platform for 28 insightful, pragmatic and enlightened female voices” – The Irish Times
The book is out now in the UK, Croatia and Spain, and online here.