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Hay 40th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations
10th March 2017update by: Booth Books and Addyman Books
FRIDAY 31st MARCH

Welcome Reception for @Bookstagram2017
Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop
6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. Free of charge
An evening reception to welcome the Bookstagram 2017 attendees to Hay-on-Wye at Richard Booth's Bookshop on Friday 31st March from 6pm till 7:30p.m. It promises to be a very special evening, providing the perfect opportunity to meet-up with fellow book enthusiasts travelling into Hay-on-Wye from far and wide.

Oliver Balch - Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders.
6:30p.m. Talk and book signing
Author and journalist Oliver Balch will be joining us at Richard Booth's Bookshop to give a talk on Hay-on-Wye and the experiences that inspired him to write his book.
Places for this event limited so in order to reserve your places please RSVP to ruth@boothbooks.co.uk with the subject: Welcome Reception.

Literary-Themed Cocktail Evening
Venue: The Old Electric Shop
7:30p.m. - Late
Join us, for literary-themed cocktails and live music, on this special weekend celebrating Hay-on-Wye’s independence and @bookstagram2017

Desert Island Picks featuring Deborah Moggach
Venue: The Globe at Hay
8:00p.m. Free of charge
Desert Island Picks featuring Deborah Moggach; Novelist, Screen Writer and Author of 'These Foolish Things', the book which was adapted into The Best Marigold Hotel.

SATURDAY 1st APRIL

Hay History Group - Hay Bookshop Tour
Starts /ends outside Hay Cheese Market, Memorial Square, in the centre of Hay.
11.00am. £5.00 Adult, Children u16 free with an adult, Full-time locals /Students & OAPs - £4.00.
1.2km /0.7m /60-90 mins.
Lead by Alan Nicholls this tour takes in many of the bookshops of Hay and tells the story of the development of the book trade in the town. The history of the buildings, often architectural gems, which house the bookshops is also given.
To book this tour please email alan.j.nicholls@btinternet.
Please visit www.haytours.org.uk for more details.

Baskerville Wayzgoose
Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro (1.5 miles from Hay. Free parking.)
10am-3pm Free entry
Waygooze and Project Lab for The Story of Books at Baskerville Hall. Drop in and test out ideas, join in with activities and be part of the plans for a new, working museum of books. Experts in the fields of letterpress and intaglio printing, foil blocking, book illustration and design, bookbinding, papermaking, and marbling will be showing off their work on table top stalls. Demonstrations, screenings and hands-on activities for all ages. Soup, pies, pastries and drinks.
Email: thestoryofbooks@gmail.com for more details.

A touring exhibition from The Sidney Nolan Trust
Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro (1.5 miles from Hay. Free parking)
10am-3pm Free entry
A 27-volume set of Halsbury's Statutes was destined to be pulped. Instead, the trust invited artists from across the UK to create a piece of work that explored topics covered in a particular volume as well as ideas around law, society and 800 years of Magna Carta, with stunning results.

Bookplate and printmaking demonstration by John Watson
Venue: The Globe at Hay
11:00a.m. Free of charge
John Watson @johnwatsonprintmaker will be hosting a demonstration of linocut printmaking and bookplate creation. No one will leave without a keepsake of the event.

Fun on the Square - Circus Skills
Venue: Market Square Car Park
12:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. Free of charge
Drop in circus skills sessions in the Market Square car park (Undercover in a marquee).
Other events taking place in the square during the day include samba drumming, break-dancing and food stalls.

Fancydress Parade and 40th Anniversary of Independence Ceremonies
12:00p.m. The Starting point for the parade is Hay-on-Wye C.P. School.
A Book themed fancy dress parade through the centre of town, ending with a town gathering at the Honesty Bookshop in the Castle grounds.
Further 40th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations will take place in the Honesty Bookshop in front of the castle during the afternoon. Including a ceremonial raising of the Hay Town flag, fanfares and the conferment of honours by the sovereign or his representative.

@Bookstagram2017 Panel discussion
Venue: The Globe at Hay
2:00p.m. Free entry
Chaired by Siobhan Graham @thehalcyondaysofsummer
An hour of interaction with some of our top #bookstagrammers. Insights into how they view what they do, building a large following, and how instagram has brought booklovers together from every corner of the world.

Bruce Robinson presents The Rum Diary(15) - Introductory talk and Film Screening
Venue: The Globe at Hay
4:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. Free entry
Writer and director Bruce Robinson introduces The Rum Diary (2011).
Jonny Depp stars in this adaptation of the classic Hunter S. Thompson book. A brilliant love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent lust in the Caribbean.

After hours book browsing
Venue: Addyman's Bookshop
6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Literary-Themed Cocktail Evening
Venue: The Old Electric Shop
7:30p.m. - Late
Join us, for literary-themed cocktails and live music, on this special weekend celebrating Hay-on-Wye’s independence and @bookstagram2017

Candlelit Wayzgoose Supper
Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro
7.30pm £15
Candlelit Wayzgoose Supper (only six places left) Email thestoryofbooks@gmail.com for more details or to book a place).

Independence Ball
Venue: Hay Parish Hall
8:00p.m. - Till late £10.00
We are expecting you all to be going full Rebel Rebel for the Independence Ball! Get your tickets now from Eighteen Rabbit or Beer Revolution.

SUNDAY 2nd APRIL

#booksellersbreakfast
Venue: The Globe at Hay
9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m. £10.00
Local chef Hugh Sawyer, founder of the sustainable food company, Off Grid Gourmet, will be providing a special Brunch using only the most delicious locally sourced ingredients.
This will provide the perfect occasion for everyone to gather together before heading off on their separate journeys home.
In order for Hugh to cater for this event he would like to know how many people are interested in attending. Please RSVP to ruth@boothbooks.co.uk with the subject: #booksellersbreakfast

Book-themed circular walk
Venue: Meet at Baskerville Hall, Clyro
10am Free
Book-themed circular walk from Baskerville Hall, taking in Clyro and Jacob's Ladder, led by Clyro resident, Oliver Balch, author of Under the Tump: Sketches of Life in the Welsh Marches (Faber & Faber). Easy walk on moderate terrain. No need to book, just turn up!

Hay History Group - Hay Bookshop Tour
Starts /ends outside Hay Cheese Market, Memorial Square, in the centre of Hay.
11.00am. £5.00 Adult, Children u16 free with an adult, Full-time locals /Students & OAPs - £4.00
1.2km /0.7m /60-90 mins.
Lead by Alan Nicholls this tour takes in many of the bookshops of Hay and tells the story of the development of the book trade in the town. The history of the buildings, often architectural gems, which house the bookshops is also given.
To book this tour please email alan.j.nicholls@btinternet.
Please visit www.haytours.org.uk for more details.

Book-themed circular walk
Venue: Meet at Hay Clocktower
2pm Free
Book-themed circular walk around the Hay stretch of the Wye Valley, including the Warren and Boatside. Led by Oliver Balch, author of Under the Tump (paperback out March 2017). Easy walk on moderate terrain. No need to book, just turn up!

Hay Book Trail
31st March - Monday 1st May 2017
Marches Book Arts Group and friends are proud to present an exhibition trail of book art, displayed in shop windows around the world-famous "book town" of Hay-on-Wye, to help mark the 40th anniversary of Hay-on-Wye's independence, and the declaration of Richard Booth as King of Hay. For more information, contact Ellie Garraway on 01497 831254 or ellie@firejar.co.uk Facebook: Marches Book Arts Group, 40th Anniversary of Hay's Independence.

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