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

Nicky Morgan Former Education Secretary

Nicky Morgan

John Ellis CERN Theoretician

John Ellis

Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry

Jon Lansman

Jon Lansman

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer

Richard Bentall professor of clinical psychology 2

Richard Bentall

DAWN BUTLER

Dawn Butler

Liz Truss

Liz Truss

Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton

Helen Lewis New Statesman Journalist

Helen Lewis

Yasmin Alibhai Brown Orwell Prize winning Journalist

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Mary Ann Sieghart

Mary Ann Sieghart

Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini

David Aaranovitch 2

David Aaronovitch

Ritula Shah

Ritula Shah

Massimo Pigliucci Professor of Philosophy

Massimo Pigliucci

Grace Blakely HowTheLightGetsIn Hay

Grace Blakeley

Helen Ann Hartley

Helen-Ann Hartley

Philip Collins

Philip Collins

Mary Jane Rubenstein

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Richard Burgon MP 2

Richard Burgon

Joanna Williams author of women vs feminism 2

Joanna Williams