Our Speakers

Take a closer look at the first announced speakers who look set to make HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 our most intellectually vibrant festival yet. Get to know their ideas and the issues they stand for, and prepare to see them challenge one another's views - and maybe change their own - in the glorious Wye valley next May.

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Roger Penrose Eminent Mathematician

Roger Penrose

Helen Lewis New Statesman Journalist

Helen Lewis

John Ellis CERN Theoretician

John Ellis

Nicky Morgan Former Education Secretary

Nicky Morgan

David Aaranovitch 2

David Aaronovitch

Yasmin Alibhai Brown Orwell Prize winning Journalist

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Richard Bentall professor of clinical psychology 2

Richard Bentall

Joanna Williams author of women vs feminism 2

Joanna Williams

Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton

Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini

Richard Burgon MP 2

Richard Burgon

Massimo Pigliucci Professor of Philosophy

Massimo Pigliucci