George Orwell said that second hand bookshops will never die. But in the UK half of all second hand bookshops have closed in the last three years. Tomorrow, however, I’m off to a small town with 38 bookshops: Hay-on-Wye. It’s the annual literature festival held in one of the most beautiful places in the universe.
I’m not planning on seeing much, maybe Christopher Hitchens at the Economist debate on Saturday, and solo on Sunday. The fantastic thing about Hay is the surroundings, the bookshops, and the wandering literati.