Independence and #BookstagramHay 2019

Hay’s fabulous independence celebrations are back for a third year! This year’s programme is better than ever, with something for everyone. Read on to find out more…


Saturday 30th March

10:00 – 15:00              Wayzgoose & Bookshop Launch       The Story of Books   Free

The Story of Books hosts its fourth Wayzgoose – a traditional gathering of printers, bookbinders and papermakers. This will be an extra special event as it marks the opening of Balch & Balch ~ Private Press Bookshop, the only bookshop of its kind, specialising in books published by expert letterpress printers. There will also be ‘Printers’ Pies’, ale and folk music – and an opportunity to find out more about The Story of Books. All welcome

The Story of Books, 20 Castle Street               

12:00 – 13:00              Computerella                          Parish Hall                   £2.50

Hay Junior Youth Theatre (4–11 year olds) present Computerella – who can fix the Royal computer? Alexa, where are you?
A fun filled half hour show for ages 4 to 11 with a few songs and dances thrown in.

Tickets on the door

14:00 – 16:00              Techno In-dependence            Parish Hall                  £2.50

Specially written for Hay Independence Day and funded by Powys County Council’s Integrated Care Fund, Hay Senior Youth Theatre (12–15 year olds) presents Techno In-dependence. This unique show, set in a Fake TV studio, combines interactive debate with the audience, film, masks and theatre.
Adults need to be there to hear teenagers’ views on what is good and not-so-good about today’s technology!

Tickets on the door – Refreshments available

Monday 1st April – Hay Independence Day

19:00 – 20:30              The Richard Booth Lecture    The Globe                   Free

The second annual Richard Booth Lecture on the gentle art of second-hand bookselling  will be delivered by David Batterham, author of, Among Booksellers and, Dear Howard, who has been a bookseller for over fifty years. David was given his start in bookselling by non-other than Richard Booth and the lecture will be followed by a panel discussion of the ongoing legacy of The King of Hay.

Friday 5th April

10:00 – 14:00              What is the Story of Your Business?  The Globe       Free

Drop-in Co-working with business coach Helen Campbell

Come to meet other creative individuals, share stories and ideas – all you need is yourself and a notepad or laptop. Helen Campbell has over twenty years’ experience in PR and marketing and her expert coaching helps creative people reach their true business potential. She is currently writing a book for Business Expert Press aimed at freelancers and small business owners.

18:00 – 19:00              Launch Party               Booth’s Bookshop                  Free

Join us for the official launch of the Bookstagram and Independence weekend – Hosted by author Adele Nozedar and artist Lizzie Harper with Prosecco and soft drinks provided by Elizabeth Haycox, owner of Richard Booth’s Bookshop.

Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop

19:00   Jake Hughes Double EP & Album Launch Chapel on the Green  £TBC

A mushroom-based feast and live music with Jake Hughes, whose latest recordings Parasol and Edge of the World respond to similar themes, and the paintings and prints of long-time friend and collaborator Daniel MacCarthy whose work is currently displayed in the beautiful setting of Chapel on the Green in Glasbury.

Book via Chapel on the Green

20:30 – 22:00             Desert Island Picks                 The Globe                   £5

Dame Jacqueline Wilson in conversation with Jasper Fforde.
Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s bestselling children’s authors and has written over 100 books, selling over forty million copies. She has created characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, which have been turned into successful television and stage productions. Jacqueline was made a dame in 2008 and was the Children’s Laureate over the Queen’s Jubilee period.
Even more importantly she has been coming to Hay for nearly forty years and has an incredible collection of over twenty thousand books.
Tonight, she will share with us the eight pieces of music and eight books she would take to her desert island. Very unusually, Jacqueline will be signing copies of her books after the event.
Jasper Fforde is the author of the much-loved Thursday Next series and has just returned from touring the United States with his latest novel Early Riser.

Tickets are limited so please book early via The Globe

Sponsored by Westbrook Court B&B

Saturday 6th April

10:30 – 12:00             Young Writers of Bookstagram.         The Globe       Free

A must for aspiring writers, this session will showcase some of the young unpublished writers of the Bookstagram community who will share extracts of their work and talk about their writing process and the challenges of getting published. The discussion will be chaired and introduced by Elke Desanghere of HarperCollins who will provide a publisher’s point of view and, if we are lucky, some hints as to how to get noticed by an agent or a publisher.

11:00                           Royal Procession                     Clocktower                 Free

11:00                           Elevensies!                  Racquety Farm                        Free

Join Helen Campbell on the banks of the River Wye for a reading of the first chapter of The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

If you prefer, you have the chance to get into a boat for an on-the-river reading later the same day – weather permitting – see  Messing Around in Boats at 13:30).

Complimentary Builders’ Tea and locally roasted Black Mountain Coffee, bring your own snacks or nibbles. Reading by the river at Racquety Farm.

Unlimited places!

12:00 – 13:00              Computerella                          Parish Hall                   £2.50

Hay Junior Youth Theatre (4–11 year olds) present Computerella – who can fix the Royal computer? Alexa, where are you?
A fun filled half hour show for ages 4 to 11 with a few songs and dances thrown in.

Tickets on the door

13:30 – 15:00              WRITING ROYALTY          Hay School                 Free

Creative Writing Workshop with Emma Beynon

Inspired by the King of Hay, Richard Booth, this workshop will use objects, role play and raw imagination to explore anything the slightest bit royal. In a playful and relaxed atmosphere, young writers will be introduced to a range of techniques to get pen to paper. Tiaras, velvet cloaks and other regal paraphernalia will be supplied. 

Book via Hay Festival Box Office

Supported by Hay Festival

13.30pm          Messing Around in Boats!            Racquety Farm      £10

Join Helen Campbell on of the River Wye for a reading from The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

Meet @wantocanoe office for meet and greet, kitting up, briefing and then we will drive the group up to Larchwood to get on the river, we can paddle upstream to the Warren and then take the canoes at a leisurely pace back down to @wantocanoe … stopping and reading at one or more lovely spots on the way.

12 adults (and/or accompanied children) maximum.

Book with Want to Canoe @wanttocanoe

“Is it so nice as all that?” asked the Mole shyly, though he was quite prepared to believe it, as he leant back in his seat and surveyed the cushions, the oars, the rowlocks, and all the fascinating fittings, and felt the boat sway lightly under him.

“Nice? It’s the only thing,” said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. ” Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing.”

If you’d like to take a Guided Trip the next day, we’d be pleased to arrange that for you. Read more about it here:

Having our team as your Guides gives you the benefit of being able to learn basic canoe-skills, play games and make the most out of the new skills you’ve learnt, also take in the scenery and wildlife more easily as you have a guide showing you what to look out for and you are not simply concentrating on keeping the canoe in a straight line as you’ve got some basic technique from the outset!   

If you’ve canoed before they can also help you expand upon and work on technique, they adapt easily to the needs of the group. The instructors paddle their own canoes so they can whizz about amongst the group, you then choose the boat format that suits your group on the day (we have single, tandem and rafted options).  Here’s a link to our gallery which includes some pics from some of their Guided Trips to give you an idea!

14:00 – 16:00              Techno In-dependence            Parish Hall                  £2.50

Specially written for Hay Independence Day and funded by Powys County Council’s Integrated Care Fund, Hay Senior Youth Theatre (12–15 year olds) presents Techno In-dependence. This unique show, set in a Fake TV studio, combines interactive debate with the audience, film, masks and theatre.
Adults need to be there to hear teenagers’ views on what is good and not-so-good about today’s technology!

Tickets on the door – Refreshments available

14:00 – 16:00        The Photographic Grid Project            Hay School            Free

Join local photographer Billie Charity for this exciting project exploring creative interpretations of the Independent Kingdom of Hay.

Participants will take photos from various locations across our lovely town, and these varied perspectives will be combined to form a grid and reveal a whole new vision of the town.

To take part you will need either a phone or a camera (with email capability), and children will need to be accompanied by an adult unless they are old enough to roam the streets by themselves. The final set of photos will be displayed in a public space and / or online.

15 places available

Book via Eighteen Rabbit

AGES: 10–16

14:00 – 16:30  A “Making Space”     Radnor House                         £25

Join Julia Joplin @gatheredfoundmade to make a ‘picture’ using wire, book pages and findings from nature, stitched together with needles and thread. 

Includes afternoon tea and home-made cake – what’s not to love?! 

8 places available

Book direct with Radnor House @radnorhousehay

15:30 – 17:00             WRITERS RULE                   Hay School                 Free

Creative Writing Workshop with Emma Beynon

“Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Plato.  Come to this workshop and explore a range of writing activities designed to give power to your writing. Using poetry or prose you’ll be supported to explore the theme of Kingship: invent your own country, rule the world for a day or just imagine what if… 

Book via Hay Festival Box Office

AGES: 12–17
Supported by Hay Festival

16:00 – 17:00 Hay Citizen of the Year Award 2019             Parish Hall      Free

Hay Town Council will be presenting the Hay Citizen of the Year Award 2019 in recognition of outstanding voluntary service to Hay over the last 12 months and beyond. The winner will receive a personalised certificate as well as having their name unveiled on the Citizen of the Year Board of Honour. The presentation will be presided over by the Mayor of Hay, and light refreshments will be served. So please come along to show your support for the amazing voluntary work that goes on, often unseen, in our town of Hay on a daily basis – your support is much appreciated!

16:00 – 17:30  The Second Bookstagrammer Book Quiz    The Globe            Free

Up for a challenge? Come and try your luck at possibly the hardest literary quiz in the world. Created and delivered by Charlotte @theroamingreader, and Jack @that.english.guy.who.reads and based on 42: The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything as we are celebrate 42 years of Hay Independence. There will be seven rounds of six questions loosely based on the 7 ages of man from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, making a total of 42 questions. This can be a team or individual sport and there will be prizes galore!

18:30 – 20:00 The Second Official Bookstagrammy Awards   The Globe   Free

Dress to impress as we roll out the red carpet for a second time for the famous Bookstagrammy Award Ceremony. Last year over 1,000 Bookstagrammers entered, making this the most representative award for Bookstagrammers in the world. This year there are again three categories – both for those in Hay and those who could not make it – so six prizes in total. This year’s themes are:

1.       Book(s) that have given meaning to your life. #haymeaningoflife

2.       Book(s) that give us hope or no hope for the future. #dystopiahay

3.       A plain shelfie. #hayshelfie

Judges include Peter Florence of Hay Festival, local artist Richey Beckett, Mari Fforde of Hay Castle Trust, and in absentia: @james_trevino, @elizabeth_sagan, Jude – @mybookbath , Maria – @booksugar and Siobhan – @thehalcyondaysofsummer

These five bookstagrammers have over 510,000 followers between them!

For rules on how to enter and what hashtags to use please follow @bookstagramhay or @addymanbooks

 A table of books will be available to photograph in The Globe all day

Sponsored by Duckworth, Faber & Faber, The Folio Society, HarperCollins, Hodder, Penguin, Serpent’s Tail and Slightly Foxed


THE GLOBE                                                                                                 £10

Dust off your dancing shoes and help us celebrate Hay’s independence at our Saturday night party. Expect a stellar mix of disco, house and party classics with DJ Max Galactic playing an extended four-and-a-half hour set – with a silent disco from midnight!

Tickets available from The Globe, Eighteen Rabbit and Flow

Sunday 7th April

Various Times Morning and Afternoon Guided Adventure Sessions   £30

Take a full 6 mile guided river trip along the beautiful River Wye. Contact Want to Canoe @wantocanoe  for more details

10:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 17:00           Book Art Workshop   Hay School    

£35 for single session and £65 for the whole day

Altered-book artist extraordinaire Su Blackwell @sublackwellstudio will be running two three-hour workshops showcasing and sharing her unique talent.

Bring your own book or use one of the books provided by Addyman Books and Green Ink Booksellers

10 places for each session

Book via Addyman Books @addymanbooks

10:30               Bookseller’s Breakfast           Green Ink Booksellers                   Free

Gather together for some hot coffee, tea, pastries, and good conversation to celebrate the weekend in one of Hay’s newest bookshops, Green Ink Booksellers. We’ll have an early look at the Hay Festival 2019 programme and start making plans together for next year’s Independence celebrations. 

Supported by Hay Festival

10:30 – 11:30              Catherine Barr Book Launch  The Globe                   Free    

The Story of People by local authors Catherine Barr and Steve Williams is a fascinating look at human history. When did the first humans live? How did humans spread all over the world? How have science and technology changed the way we live? And what will happen to humans in the future? Come and find out at this book launch event.

AGES: 5-12

11:00 – 12:00              Absolute Beginner’s Welsh                Hay School     Free

Come and learn the (very) basics of Welsh in a fun and friendly class with Mari Fforde of Hay Castle Trust.

11:00 – 12:30 Literary Salon – The Power of Book Clubs with Poppy Loves Book Club               Radnor House                          Free but donations welcome

Join Poppy Loves Book Club to explore and celebrate the positive power of book clubs. Building new friendships, creating new—and strengthening existing—communities, bridging generations, connecting cultures and breaking down barriers – the power of the book club is rather extraordinary.   

14:00 – 16:00         Botanical Perfume, Aftershave or Beard Oil Workshop    The Globe              £30 

Enjoy a short forage seeking plants for their scents and aromas then learn how to combine essential oils and other ingredients to make your own unique blend. Take away your own perfume, aftershave or beard oil in a beautiful 10ml bottle!

20 Places – Tickets available from Eighteen Rabbit or Green Ink Booksellers

Book via Eighteen Rabbit

AGES: 16–101!

14:00 – 17:00  “Mixed Bag” – a singing workshop   Radnor House £10

Join David Bartlett, an experienced music workshop leader, and learn some simple, beautiful songs – a mixed bag drawn from folk, gospel, jazz and classical genres. It would help to have some music reading ability – but anyone who wants to can learn by ear too.  Music provided, along with afternoon tea and home-made cake – what’s not to love?! 

12 spaces

Book direct with Radnor House  @radnorhousehay


Darkness at the Edge of Town

Daniel MacCarthy

22/03/19 – 22/04/19

Chapel on the Green, Glasbury, HR3 5LJ

Open Saturdays (or by appointment) 

Darkness at the Edge of Town explores the artist’s recent journey out of the city into the country. It is an exploration of what lies outside the bright lights of town, and how it is represented as both a real and metaphoric darkness, but also as a place of innocence and tranquillity.

Book Arts at HayMakers

For Bookstagram and Independence celebrations the HayMakers members will be exhibiting work inspired by books which will include poetry, fiction and natural history. In the gallery they will display books which have inspired them in their individual disciplines. Joining them in this event will be Marches Book Arts – a local collaborative of book artists based on the English-Welsh border. They will be exhibiting work from a variety of disciplines including textiles, 3D, paper sculpture, calligraphy, graphic design and printmaking.

The HayMakers is a cooperative of professional designer makers which include many disciplines. They also exhibit work in a series of seasonal exhibitions showing the work of some of the finest of contemporary British makers.

Book With:

The Globe                               01497 851762   

Eighteen Rabbit                      01497 822882   
Hay Festival Box Office         01497 822629
Radnor House                         01497821180 

Addyman Books                     01497 821136            

Chapel on the Green               01497 842915   

Flow                                        01497 822999