Literature

May 2016

Hay on Wye Literary Festival

26.05.16 - 05.06.16
Hay-on-Wye, Wales

The world's biggest literature festival draws writers, critics, filmmakers, musicians, comedians, historians, scientists, environmentalists and politicians to an otherwise sleepy little town famed for its second-hand bookshops.

Famously described by visitor Bill Clinton as 'the Woodstock of the mind', this literature and arts festival, dating back to 1987, takes over the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye, picturesquely set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, for ten days in May and June.

As well as book-related events featuring internationally acclaimed authors such as John Updike and Margaret Atwood, it includes debates, art exhibitions, live music, film previews and a children's programme.

Hay, which has a population of just 1,500, evolved into the world's first 'book town' in the 1970s and now boasts around 40 second-hand and antiquarian bookshops attracting half a million visitors a year.

Previous key writers and performers have included Judi Dench, Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry, Arianna Huffington, Quentin Blake and Jacqueline Wilson.

Full programme details are available on the website.

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