Hay on Wye Festival 30th-31st May 2009 (Midlands Comedy, Music, Movies, Politics, Walking & Writers)

From: Shaun
Sent on: Friday, May 1, 2009 12:55 PM
Midlands Comedy, Music, Movies, Politics, Walking & Writers

Hay on Wye Festival
Saturday 30th May - Sunday 31st May
Meet Time: 11am

How to book:

1. RSVP 'yes'
2. Contact me through my profile for group booking details

What is the Hay on Wye Festival? (see further below)

Hi all,

Lets meet for a two day event at the Hay on Wye Festival 2009 (with one night camping on the saturday).

There is a well organised camping site with showers and toilet facilities, close the the festival. A range of tents are also available on site (via Tangerine Fields: www.tangerinefields.co.uk) and will already be setup and ready when you arrive. The cost for camping is ?20 per night for for a single tent including airbed, but other sizes are available. The ?20 is payable via their website.

To book your own tent, contact me first through my profile and I'll forward details you can use when booking to ensure the tents from our group are together.

Cost for individual events is on a pay as you go basis. Tickets are available in advance online via www.hayfestival.com

My itinerary for the 2 days is likely to be:


Meet up around 11am

Hay-on Sky-Filming
Mariella Frostrup presents the daily Sky Arts television coverage featuring performances and interviews with some of the biggest and best names at the festival.

Arthur Smith
The hilarious, scandalous and delightfully rude memoir from the comedian ? ?My name is Arthur Smith, unless there?s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which case, I?m Daphne Fairfax?.

Stanley Greenburg
As a hired gun strategist, the seasoned pollster and political consultant recounts his work with Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Ehud Barak, Gonzalo S?nchez de Lozada and Nelson Mandela.

Followed by food/BBQ and booze!
Nb. No climbing mountains the following day so I'm sure the drink will flow a little easier!


Quentin Letts talks to Raj Persaud
The columnist and author of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain sits down In the Psychiatrist?s Chair.

Hay-on-Sky Filming
Mariella Frostrup presents the daily Sky Arts television coverage featuring performances and interviews with some of the biggest and best names at the festival.

Jonathon Dimbleby
The broadcaster travels across the eight time zones of the resurgent Russia, an energy-rich superpower, meeting ordinary citizens of the land famously described by Churchill as ?a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma?.

Mark Watson
The Crap at the Environment comedian offers his take on the famous Al Gore lecture.


What is the Hay on Wye Festival?

On the Welsh side of the River Wye, the little market town of Hay has a population of 1,500 and no fewer than 39 bookshops. It bills itself as the world's first and most distinguished booktown, and is therefore a perfect setting for a literary festival on a grand scale.

'The Woodstock of the mind', Bill Clinton called it, and he is just one of a galaxy of stars and statesmen who could turn up at an event or a bar in the town.

Stephen Fry, Sue Townsend, Michael Wood, Alexander McCall Smith, Goldie Hawn, Rory Bremner, Jon Snow and Terry Pratchett have all attended the festival in the past, delivering interviews or conversations with audiences in the festival marquee or one of the many venues in the town.

The festival is a celebration of great writing in every medium in Britain and around the world. There are fringe events including film screenings and musical concerts and the bookshops remain open throughout.


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