Hay Happenings #5

Monday 28th May

Fifth day at Hay

Fiona Sampson: In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Tata Tent

Fiona Sampson Sign

Someone can’t spell!

Fiona Sampson

Fiona reads from her excellent Mary Shelley biography.


Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale

Tata Tent

MA Sign

The Margaret Atwood event was sold out. Tickets were like ‘gold dust’!

Handmaid sign

The Handmaids gather in readiness for Margaret’s event


The audience cheered loudly when Margaret walked on stage.


Peter Florence discusses The Handmaid’s Tale with Margaret Atwood


Margaret took questions from the audience.


Random Sights at Hay

The Book Read

There are all sorts of odd events taking place in the town!


Spotted this wonderful old typewriter in a shop window.

Books from Wales

The Welsh literature shelves in the Hay Festival Bookshop.


Waiting for authors!


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25 replies

  1. Oh wow, you got to see Atwood, i am little jealous he he. Did you get your books signed?

  2. Cool, I hope you get it. I can’t wait to see your signed copy 😊. Have fun!

  3. Oh gosh I remember you being excited for this! How was it?

  4. Cheering at a literary event! I’m attending vicariously through you, Paula, and loving it. Please blog a tiny mention if you happen to bump into any Jasper Fforde related material – my literary Welsh hero 🙂

  5. Yes, so glad you are posting the updates. Such literary fun!!

  6. Atwood-wow- how wonderful that you got to see/hear her!

  7. Ah, Margaret! So happy you got to see her! So jealous! I bet those tickets were like hens’ teeth!

    • You’re right there, Karen. The tent was packed to capacity. We waited in the Friends’ line for an hour before the event (glad we did because she walked right in front of us with her Handmaidens) and we were rewarded with central seats on row three. Perfect! I see her again tonight. 🤩

  8. Whoever came up with the idea of having her enter surrounded by handmaidens was a genius……
    I’m hoping I can get there on Friday – will you still be there?

  9. Loving these round-ups!!! And the about town pix too. Have you seen the bookart in the British Red Cross shop? Beautiful!

  10. I would love to browse through that “Books from Wales” shelf!

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