Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature & Arts
The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, for ten days from May to June. Devised by Norman, Rhoda and Peter Florence, in 1988, the festival was described by Bill Clinton in 2001 as “The Woodstock of the mind.”
Hay-on-Wye was already well known for its many bookshops before the festival was launched. Richard Booth opened his first shop there in 1962, and by the 1970s Hay had gained the nickname “The Town of Books.” From its inception, the festival was held at a variety of venues around Hay, including the local Primary School, until 2005 when it moved to a unified location just south of the town.
Hay Festival brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.
Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts Ltd
The Drill Hall
25 Lion Street
Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD