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What is the Hay Festival?

May 27th, 2010 | By

Today marks the official opening of the 11 day Hay Festival. Set in rural Powys, Hay-on-Wye has a population of about 1,500-2,000 (depending on who you ask) yet attracts half a million tourist a year. A fifth of all visitors come just for the Hay Festival, one of the biggest literary festivals in the world. This 39 bookshop town has a pretty Welsh tourist appeal, even having a ruined castle but it is two manufactured events that draw tourists, the bookshops and the festival.
But is the Hay Festival a literary festival anymore?



The Hay-on-Wye Festival

May 26th, 2009 | By

It’s that time of the year when a small town of about 1800 attracts the book readers of the world to itself. As Saturday’s “Western Mail” put it “It is now almost inconceivable that a leading world writer would not have heard of the book festival which annually transforms this Welsh town”Attendance is already up 15% on this time last year and the festival has still a week to run. Literary figures like Clive James, Jacqueline Wilson, Sarah Waters, Kate Summerscale and the new poet
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