On 1st April, 1977, Richard Booth proclaimed himself to be King of the Independent Kingdom of Hay and that spirit of independence has attracted outsiders, mavericks, free spirits and trendsetters ever since.
Last year to mark the 40th anniversary the town celebrated in fantastic style, and following that success this year will be even bigger! There will be 10 days of family friendly events highlighting all of the things that make Hay such a magical place.
From 30th March to 8th April 2018 there will be a full programme of events across the town, including the second annual Baskerville Wayzgoose, an Easter Extravaganza from Hay Theatre Group and an opening party at the Parish Hall with local stars Supersonic Disco and WubWubWub.
There will be a variety of kid’s workshops, something for everyone and even a bookshop treasure hunt.
For those seeking adventure there will be guided walks from Hay Tours and canoeing on the river with Want to Canoe. For the thinkers there are numerous talks and discussions, from a seminar on the history of the book from the good people at Bangor University to a literary themed quiz at The Globe.
Throughout it all there will be meet ups with members of the international social media group #bookstagram – these artistic book –lovers choose the original Town of Books for their annual get-together. So look out for many Bookstagram themed events during the celebrations, there’s always room for a few more ‘Bookstagramers’ in the world so lots of opportunity to get involved and meet others who appreciate all aspects of the book world!
Instagram link: @bookstagramhay
We look forward to you joining us in celebration of The Independent Kingdom of Hay!