Hay Festival

As I write, many parts of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico are still reeling from one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in decades. Meanwhile, across the Indian subcontinent more than 1000 people have been killed and more than 40 million have been affected by intense monsoon rains and floods. And closer to home, of course, Peru is still counting the costs of some of the worst floods in living memory.
Going to 'Hay' doesn't just mean going to the Hay Festival. The 'Hay' experience has become a sum of its parts. When people ask me what 'Hay' is like, I don't just detail the many authors and experts you can see (wonderful as they are), I tell them about the town which positively buzzes during the eleven day period.
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!
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The Globe festival have had their license revoked and are going to appeal as I speak. 5 people complained!!!!!!! ( even the local B and R paper though this a total joke) so a major source of income for Hay has been denied to its local shop-keepers. Clever Council!!!!!
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.