Festival highlights of Herefordshire: Hay Festival


Held annually from late May to early June this festival is held in its namesake market town Hay-on-Wye located on the quaint Welsh borders. It is a festival celebrating literature and caters to all age groups so all book lovers are welcome. The annual selection of speakers at the events are eclectic, engaging and entertaining with a varied spectrum of writers, poets and authors from diverse fields such as science, history, literary fiction even lyricists! No matter what your interests from art, politics, fashion or sport you will find an event that compels you to attend. World-class contemporary talents perform every year at this festival, you will leave this bookish tent of delights with a renewed perspective on life and literature. As Bill Clinton a former speaker put it, Hay is “The Woodstock of the mind.”


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No matter what the weather you’ll always find a spot to keep dry and get your head stuck in a book!

There’s always a welcoming and child-friendly atmosphere with lot’s of things to see and do in between events.

The festival is conveniently held in a tent like maze where you can eat, drink, browse artisan clothes stalls and art and of course buy the of books of most of the speakers in attendance.

Some events are also televised on the BBC with coverage also on BBC Radio 4.

Inside the Hay Festival bookshop is where the event speaker’s new and some backlist titles are kept in stock to purchase. Do remember to visit this tent bookshop if the speaker is doing a book-signing after the talk.

Some highlights of the phenomenal talents present at the festival: Award-winning Travel Photographer Steve McCurry interviewed by Sky Arts broadcaster and Art Historian Tim Marlow.

Also appearances by Teen horror author Darren Shan giving a book-signing here.


Above the delightful author of the charming “Breakfast at Sotheby’s” and board member of Sotheby’s, the Senior International Specialist of Impressionist & Modern Art Philip Hook.


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