Make Hay while the sun shines

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

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.hayfes­ti­

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