Thursday, 30 March 2017

Celebrating 40 Years of an Independent Hay

All sorts of fun things are happening this weekend!
Tomorrow the Globe is staging a Desert Island Picks evening with Deborah Moggach, who wrote the book which was adapted into the film The Best Marigold Hotel. Meanwhile, Bookstagram attendees will be meeting at Booths Bookshop, and Oliver Balch will be talking about his book about the local area, Under the Tump.
At the Old Electric Shop, there will be book themed cocktails and live music.
I won't be going to any of these, because Hidden Figures, the film about the black women mathematicians at NASA in the 1960s, is on at Booths Cinema, and I've been waiting for it to come to Hay since before it came out.

On Saturday the History Group are doing a Bookshop tour at 11am, from the Cheesemarket, with Alan Nicholls talking about the development of the book trade in Hay.
At Baskerville Hall there is the Wayzgoose - an exhibition of printing, alongside a touring exhibition of book art from the Sidney Nolan Trust.
There's more printing, of the linocut variety, at the Globe.
On the square (in marquee if wet) there'll be circus skills and samba drumming and breakdancing.
At mid-day there's a book themed fancy dress parade, starting from Hay School, and ending at the Honesty Gardens at the Castle, where the Hay flag will be raised. Knighthoods and other honours will be conferred on worthy Hay characters. There will also be a Family Photo for everyone in Hay who wants to take part!
The Bookstagrammers will be meeting at the Globe for a panel discussion about what they do (books on instagram for beginners, I assume!). The Globe will also be screening a film called The Rum Diary, with an introductory talk by writer and director Bruce Robinson.
Addymans Bookshop will be open until 7.30pm, which is when the Old Electric Shop starts serving cocktails again, with more live music.
Or there's the Independence Ball at the Parish Hall, starting at 8pm.

Sunday starts with a booksellers' breakfast at the Globe, while over at Baskerville Hall there will be a book themed walk led by Oliver Balch in the morning - and at 2pm he'll be at the Clock Tower to lead a second book themed walk around Hay.
Alan Nicholls will also be leading another history tour of the bookshops.

Already appearing in shop windows around town are the exhibits for the Book Art Trail - taking in 26 venues, including the Library, Beer Revolution, Shepherds, and Alana's Baby Corner as well as bookshops and Eighteen Rabbit, it even goes out to Drover Cycles and Pottery Cottage in Clyro! Amongst all the bright young artists, some of whom I saw when they were setting up the window at the Cinema Bookshop (which has a Shakespeare theme), it's nice to see local names like Maureen Richardson the paper maker, Tracy Thursfield, Sarah Putt - and Hay Primary School!

The full schedule can be found at, and more information on the Book Art is at

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