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Attention all bookworms and writers: What you need to know about this year’s Hay Fever Festival


Starting on the 21st May and concluding on the 31st (a whole 11 days!), the Hay Fever Festival boasts a total of 700 literary events – a festival perfect for book worms and writers alike.

Not sure what it’s all about? Here’s 5 things we think that you just have to know about this awesome festival.

1.This is the 28th year of the Hay Festival, coming a long way from its founding at a kitchen table in 1987.

Now, it wants to celebrate all kinds of writing, bringing readers and writers together in one big, beautiful, bookwormy event. Safe to say, you’ll be in good company. Book-people are the best kind of people.

2. There is a YA section too – check out #HayYA for Twitter updates. This includes the return of Holly Smale, creator of ‘Geek Girl’, Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, and spoken word artist, Steven Camden.

3. Even though the festival has already been going for a few days, there are still some awesome events to take place, including one about just how awesome YA lit has become on the 26th May. Plus, there’s a talk on dystopian lit, and one on how to break into the media (which is totally free).

For the full HayYA programme, click here.

4. Where is it? In a tented village in Hay-on-Wye, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, rght between Hereford and Brecon just off the A438.

It’s like a book-lovers paradise.

5. A little plus of this festival is that there is no charge for entrance to the main festival site. You just have to buy tickets for the events you want to see – and lots of them are free anyway. A BIG plus is that it’s free for students. Student tickets can be requested from 1 May by calling the box office on 01497 822 629.

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Written by Laura Fulton

Book Channel Editor at MaxPop! Have a thing for the sea and pretty paperbacks. Saved by amazing grace.

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