I went to the Telegraph Hay-on-Wye book festival yesterday, the first weekend of the 10 day festival. It attracts the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain. There were also lots of nice craft stalls there!
I went to see a really inspiring talk by the novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux about his new book 'Tao of Travel' with journalist Rosie Boycott. I also bought a ticket to see the entertainer Paul O'Grady talking with Sandi Toksvig about his new autobiography The devil rides out he was brilliant, "oh my gawd!" lots of funny stories! I spotted Professor Brian Cox too and the actor/stand-up comedian Mat Horne wandering around.
I went to some lovely cute gift shops in the town, my favourite was Chattels on market street. There was also some fabulous work by artisans at the Butter Market.
|At the Butter Market I bought some ceramic butterfly buttons from Alejandra Bernales of ideas ceramics|
|I liked this Harper Collins dust jacket I saw in a book shop|
|Another cute bird print|
|Telegraph Hay Festival goody bag, like the bold graphic print on this bag|
|Other side of tote bag "All ideas start somewhere"|