The Hay festival in Cartagena, Colombia took place a few weeks ago (25-28 January) and I’m sick with envy. I’ve long been wanting to go, maybe next year will be the year? The Hay Festival, Britain’s most famous literary festival once described by Bill Clinton as the Woodstock of the Mind, is a lot more than a week in Hay-on-Wye in Wales at the end of May, although that’s where it all started.
A number of exotic locations have been added to the Hay Festival calendar. We have Queretaro in Mexico the 6-9 September, Segovia, Spain in 20-23 September, Arequipa in Peru 8-11 November, or if you prefer the cold, there’s the Hay Winter Weekend in Hay-on-Wye 22-25 November or the Hay Festival in Aarhus, Denmark 26-29 October. Whichever you choose, one thing is certain, their program of author talks, music performances, debates and film previews is unparalleled. Hay Festival Website.