Make Hay while the sun shines
FOR 30 years, Hay Festival has brought readers and writers together to share stories and ideas, to imagine the world—to tell our truths and renew our lives,’ says director Peter Florence. The worldrenowned, not-for-profit festival at the Brecon Beacons town of books, which was founded round a kitchen table in 1987, celebrates its anniversary this year (May 25–June 4) with four worldwide projects.
Five hundred years after Martin Luther started a theological revolution, ‘30 Reformations’ invites writers and thinkers to imagine a better world; ‘30 Acres’, in partnership with the Woodland Trust, will see 30 schools plant trees on 30 acres across Wales; there is an international call to select 30 essential books from the past 30 years that deserve more attention, under the hashtag #Hay30books; and a new venue, the Sound of the Baskervilles, will kick off the festival.
There will be at least 800 events this year, including music from Will Young and appearances from the likes of Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard, Tracey Emin, Helen Fielding, Charlotte Rampling and Ken Loach. For more information, visit www.hayfestival.com