Hay-on-Wye Festival celebrated its 25th birthday this year and I was lucky enough to make it for the final weekend of festivities. Hay is a literary festival which brings writers together from around the world to celebrate and share stories.
One of the highlights of the festival for me was seeing Simon Callow speak about Dickens. Then, aside from staying with very generous and wonderful friends, I must mention the tour we had around Hay Castle (photo above shows views from the castle) which currently houses a great second-hand bookshop. The medieval castle and Jacobean mansion are about to undergo a complete restoration. For further information about the festival see: www.hayfestival.com or for the castle see www.haycastletrust.org and finally for somewhere great to stay www.countrypad.co.uk