I love the ‘Kindles are Banned from the Kingdom of Hay’ banner! I haven’t been here for a few years now, but there were some great book shops, and I doubt whether much has changed. A great place to visit.
Hay-on-Wye is a little town of about 1500 people that sits just on the border of England and Wales and is most famous for the Hay Festival, the annual gathering that celebrates literature and the arts.
But the town’s other claim to fame is that it is the ‘Town of Books.’ Despite its small size and population, the town is home to more than thirty bookshops. In 1962, when Richard Booth opened the first one, Hay was a quiet little place in the Welsh borders but within ten years, it had become Mecca for bibliophiles, as dozens of other bookshops clustered around it. In 1977, Booth declared it The Independent Kingdom of Hay, and since then, the town, its literary festival and its many bookshops have made it heaven for book tourists.
I am one such tourist. The incompatibility of our little tent with the rainy Welsh weather aside, it…
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