Photography: Finn Beales
By Deb A.
Somewhere in a tiny town in Wales lives a pig named Snuff.
With 30 bookstores and a population of around 1,500, Hay-on-Wye lays claim to the title of world's largest secondhand and antiquarian book centre. And around this time each year, lovers of literature pack their tents, their paperbacks and their sunglasses and descend on the Wales-England border for the Hay Festival, famously dubbed 'the Woodstock of the mind' by Bill Clinton.
From May 23rd to June 2nd the Hay Festival will celebrate great writing and the power of ideas. From the first public interview with the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize (awarded in London the day before the festival begins) to a conversation about religion and imagery with former Archbishop Rowan Williams and the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, the programme spans the realms of literature, art, science, comedy, economics, music, food, world affairs and more. Hay Fever, the programme for children and teenagers, ensures that there truly is something for everyone. No wonder that the number of attendees has grown over the last three decades from 1,000 to around a quarter of a million.
Sir Terry Pratchett with Snuff
Photography: Jeff Morgan
And old Snuff? He's part of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction; each year a pig is named after the winning novel.
In case you can't make it this year, don't fret: you can catch up for 2014 on the Hay Festival online archive.
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