“Oliver Balch is a perfect host. He can do invisible facilitator or toe-to-toe interrogator. He’s always prepped and makes the guests shine. Hay chair MVP.”

Peter Florence, Director and Co-founder, Hay Festival

I chair events for festivals and conferences, and moderate roundtable discussions and panel events in locations around the world. Please contact me directly to inquire about availability:


PASTURE TO PLATE®: ALL AMONG THE BARLEY: Melissa Harrison talks to Oliver Balch (Oxford Literary Festival, 30 March 2019, 10am) Nature writer and novelist Melissa Harrison talks about her third novel, All Among the Barley, a coming-of-age story set in 1930s rural Britain, and about exploring country life through literature.


Oliver Balch moderating a roundtable discussion on building a more sustainable food industry for The Guardian


Oliver Balch chairing a roundtable debate on Renewable Heating for a Low-Carbon Future for The Guardian