On the way to Hay
Very few expectations, apart from the fact that Bill Clinton called it ‘the Woodstock of the mind’. Does that mean we should expect mud? Hope not, but in the confirmation of our booking there was a mention of wellies and warm apparel, sweater and jacket and an umbrella. Summer in England, sorry, Wales, Hey, hey, we’re going to Hay.
The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is an annual literature festival over ten days from May to June. It is currently sponsored by The Guardian. This year there are appearances by Kiran Desai, Peter Ho Davies, David Mitchell, Wole Soyinka, Ian Rankin, Sebastian Faulks, Orhan Pamuk, Iain Banks, Peter Falk, Beryl Bainbridge, Jeanette Winterson, Ruth Rendell, Richard Dawkins, Hermione Lee, Carol Ann Duffy, Doris Lessing, Martin Amis, and Tony Ben, to name but a few.
By the time I got around to ordering tickets some of the events were sold out – you can guess which ones – but over the couple of days I’ll be there I’ll be in good company.
There’s a small question mark over the availability of wifi in the hotel – yet to be sorted; but, whatever, I’ll find some way of letting you know what’s going on. Watch this space.