Hey, a festival! But, why?
May 22, 2003 9:01 AM Subscribe
The Hay Festival of Literature
begins tomorrow. Lasting for ten days, and touted as the world's largest literary festival, it is
located in Hay-on-Wye
(Y-Gelli), the world's first booktown
and self-proclaimed Independent Kingdom
Hay-on-Wye is a booklover's paradise (or hell, depending on the state of your credit card), with over 40 incredibly well-stocked bookshops
(in a small town of only 2500 people, this means about three bookshops per block). This year's Festival
offers a chance to hearfrom the likes of DeLillo, Atwood, Said, Childish and Hitchens, and while some are obviously on-tour and will be standing next to a table of their newest product, the events aren't free. Would you pay to hear
your favourite authors read? Has hearing an author changed the way you read his/her book? Which authors have been as entertaining in person, and which have turned you off reading their books forever?
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