Wales HAY Festival of Literature
27 May – 6 June 2021
Attention to all literary lovers. Hay-on-Wye (or Gŵyl Y Gelli as it is in Welsh), a small village in Whales, is known as the Town of Books. With its roughly 2,000 inhabitants, this little town counts more than thirty bookstores, many specializing in out-of-print, rare copies, or hard to locate titles. Famed as a booktown ever since ‘King’ Richard Booth opened the first secondhand bookshop 50 years ago.
The launch of the annual Hay Festival in 1988 by the Florence family earned a place on the literary and global map. Nowadays, the HAY Festival is one of the world’s biggest and best literary festivals. Held each year during the last few weeks of May. These days it attracts 100,000-plus visitors over 11 days to engage with the world’s great writers, poets, philosophers, historians, scientists, comedians, and musicians. Between sessions, visitors can relax in deckchairs on the village green, browse the stalls and visit a festival bookshop which stocks 55,000 titles by visiting speakers. Evenings are devoted to music, comedy, and film.