Hay on Wye

The Known, The Strange and The New

Hilary Lawson | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Lawson

It was in 1900 that Lord Kelvin, renowned British scientist and the toast of the establishment, addressed a group of physicists at the British Associa...


Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tess Finch-Lees

After half an hour waiting in my second cue of the day I was catatonic. The people behind were chatty at first but grew markedly frosty when little Sylvian exclaimed (finger pointing for dramatic effect) she's the one that booed bankers in the Tata tent!

Somaliland: Host to One of the World's Most Remarkable Artistic Gatherings

Ayan Mahamoud | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ayan Mahamoud

The International Book Fair is just another step in putting down the foundations that a stable and democratic country needs. In a troubled region, Somaliland has shown what can be achieved with determination.

'Frightening' Decline Of Bookshops

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK

Britain's wealth of secondhand bookshops are going out of business "at a frightening speed", an expert has warned. A generation brought up on ebook...

The Silver Line Helpline

Esther Rantzen | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Esther Rantzen

Loneliness saps the will to live and can be a major cause of depression, as one 80-year-old lady told me "I wake each morning, get dressed, and sit on my bed waiting for death. I have nothing else to look forward to." ChildLine has proved, as Samaritans proved before it, that an anonymous helpline can break through the barriers of shame or fear. So I suggested that The Silver Line might do the same for the older generation, and enable callers to disclose not just their loneliness, but incidents of neglect and abuse they dared not admit to anyone else. And so it has proved.

Post Traumatic Festival

Kate Holmes | Posted 19.06.2012 | Home
Kate Holmes

The busiest 10 days of Hay On Wye 2012 has now passed as the town is left in a kind of post apocalyptic mess of muddy fields, empty portaloos and dirty windswept awnings leftover from the Hay Literary Festival.

A Paisley Tent in Hay-on-Wye

Helen Lederer | Posted 12.08.2012 | Home
Helen Lederer

I'm standing in a paisley tent in Hay-on-Wye at the HowTheLightGetsIn festival and seeing art unfold. A camera is positioned to capture Stella Vine's 12 hour painting marathon on a huge canvas. She is disarmingly open. The kind of dedicated true artist who looks at you directly and makes you feel you are in the presence of a spirit.

Sam Parker

A Summer Festival ...Of Philosophy?!

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Parker | Posted 20.12.2012 | Home

Every summer in Britain we flock in our thousands to outdoor festivals promising music, comedy and theatre, always hoping to experience those sublime ...

We Have Nothing to Lose But Our USP!

Joanna Kavenna | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home
Joanna Kavenna

I met a literary agent the other day. She told me that these days when you sell a novel to publishers, there has to be a USP. "A what?" I said. "'Unique Selling Point. You know, narrated by a hermaphrodite, or someone who has been repeatedly raped by their grandfather, that sort of thing.

Heading to HowTheLightGetsIn

Stella Vine | Posted 28.07.2012 | Home
Stella Vine

I have been invited to take part in HowTheLightGetsIn, the music and philosophy festival, at Hay on Wye on 8 June. At first I said thanks very much but no, as I presumed they meant some kind of talking event, which would have filled me with dread, but they said I had the freedom to think of something creative.

Gearing Up for HowTheLightGetsIn

Hilary Lawson | Posted 18.06.2012 | Home
Hilary Lawson

ince my last post, things in the IAI office have been manic. Now in its fifth year, HowTheLightGetsIn has become the largest philosophy and music festival in the world. With 410 events, 6 stages, 165 speakers and 150 bands taking part in the 10 day extravaganza, the team have been furiously calling, emailing, drafting text and getting excited about what we hope will be our best festival yet.

A Space of One's Own

Kate Holmes | Posted 02.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Holmes

With a new lifestyle label up and running, I've finally bitten the bullet and set up an office. It sounds easy, but it isn't. So many people are increasingly taking the decision to work from home, but it is not without its challenges.

Life in the Country: The Heralding of Spring

Kate Holmes | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Holmes

I opened the Times on the train to London about three weeks ago and nearly choked on my tea as there on page three was a photograph of myself next to Desmund Tutu in an article about Hay-on-Wye and the anti-retail development fight. My "quotes" were direct paraphrases from this very blog.

I Don't Trust the BBC and Neither Should You

Alan McGee | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Alan McGee

Don't let them define your reality... if 80,000 people attacked the Iranian government building it would be called a revolution yet when it happens in Greece it's called a protest. I don't trust anything the BBC tell me and neither should you.

Putting Philosophy on the Map in 2012

Hilary Lawson | Posted 20.12.2012 | Home
Hilary Lawson

In a way, everyone is a philosopher. We're all trying to work out what our lives are about. In this period of economic, environmental, and political transition, that is surely something worth embracing.

Letter From the Country: Weather Watch

Kate Holmes | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Holmes

Hay-on-Wye has its own micro-climate, being in a dip with not much winter sun. It always seems a degree or two colder than everywhere locally. Each day I nip in to the centre to grab a loaf of Alex Gooch's beautiful sourdough bread from the local deli and have a quick chat with the shopkeepers.

Life in the Country: Winter Part Two and Latest in Hay-On-Wye's Battle Against Tesco's

Kate Holmes | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK
Kate Holmes

Tesco's seems to be getting a lot of flack in the national press - maybe its monopoly will finally break. Whatever the outcome, the negative press is all good timing for the Plan B protest group in Hay.

Phone Hacking: Why I Turned Down Compensation From News of the World

Alan McGee | Posted 10.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
Alan McGee

On the News of the World happenings, my lawyer has given the police 14 days to disclose evidence they hold and if not he'll be asking why not? The lawyers representing the hackers have already offered me the compensation scheme, which we have rejected.

The week of the 11/11/11

Kate Holmes | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Kate Holmes

The people of Ledbury have just kicked plans for a new Tesco out after a big fight. The people of Hay are no push-overs and are asking for a public enquiry.....Maybe time to get Westminster involved after all.

Crunch Time for the Art World

Bianca Brigitte Bonomi | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Bianca Brigitte Bonomi

In an era of global revolution, we'll also ask if art has a duty to be primarily engaged in political change whether or not it is at the top of a buyer's wish list. Most importantly, when faced with the realities of an art world slowly piecing itself back together and an economic climate that promises little immediate relief, the transformative power of creativity is worthy of our discussion.

Hay-on-Wye V Retail Development Part II

Kate Holmes | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK
Kate Holmes

It's been a week filled with intrigue and subterfuge and lots of whispers rattling around the small market town. Both linked with the proposed development at Hay-on-Wye - which now appears to also involve ripping up playing fields, tennis courts and a Brownie hut for a large retail park.

Jimmy Savile, Reflections on Creation and the Fight for Hay-On-Wye's Future

Alan McGee | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK
Alan McGee

I'd like to pay my respects and say R.I.P to Sir Jimmy Savile, who died on Saturday. I met him only once, weirdly, it was at a dinner at Chequers in October 1999. I was first to arrive that evening (sad but true) and I was standing talking to Tony Blair, who was rocking his Gap casuals. Anyway, who is the next guest to arrive, but Jimmy Savile. At that point I thought life is definitely getting surreal. Rock 'n' roll to the end, he spent the entire night trying with persistence to chat up my wife, Kate. He was a rock 'n' roller even in his 70s, a bit like my Dad. Actually, my Dad just does the rock 'n' roll, not the charity work.

Hay-On-Wye: The Fight Against a Major Retail Development

Kate Holmes | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK
Kate Holmes

Basically, Hay has been given a choice...the town gets a new school (around 240 pupils) and a "major retailer" who funds the school gets to plonk a "retail development" bang in the middle of Hay. The implications of this affects the future of a small market town filled with individual shops, with no real traffic infrastructure which is bang in the middle of a National Park.

The Art of Curation

Bianca Brigitte Bonomi | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Bianca Brigitte Bonomi

The art world can be a fickle place, but to Hans Ulrich Obrist it remains unfalteringly loyal. Co-director of London's Serpentine Gallery, founder of the Brutally Early Club (for busy people who breakfast at dawn), interviewer, archivist, and one of this year's Crunch festival speakers, he is, indisputably, an art world powerhouse.