Its been an amazing ten days of sunshine, canvas and books as Hay Festival celebrates it’s last full day of festivities for another year. I’m lucky as it’s right on my doorstep – (literally, 2 minutes door to door as the ice cream flies). Authors have wowed, stewards have gently herded and shuttle buses have pinged to and fro from town and country with more smiles and efficiency than I’ve readily experienced from their city based peers. Yes, a whirl wind of words and ideas and I’ve loved it!
I’ve also completed my self set Hay Festival 2016 Poetry Challenge for this year. A little over an hour ago the tenth and final ‘found poem’ from this years Hay Festival programme winged it’s way onto instagram, twitter, facebook and beyond.
PHEW! I was definitely feeling the pressure at 9am this morning with coffee in hand and my usual dazed expression.
But, it was a most enjoyable experience and I will be doing the same next year.
In other news, I spent two days working with Arts Alive Wales (AAW) alongside the lovely Emma Beynon. I offered the idea of a ‘collective poem about Hay’ which everyone could contribute to. Emma at once agreed and said it would look great if each addition was hand written by it’s author. Emma’s enthusiasm is contagious, paper was torn, pens were drawn and the rest as they say, is history.
I can’t emphasize enough what an absolutely incredible response we had. We began modestly adding lines on the door, but such was the popularity of this idea we soon required the whole wall of the opposite building to post this given words. English lines, Welsh lines, poets and public alike contributed.
I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who made our wall of words such an unexpected, but beautiful success.
Hay Festival always manages to give everyone a creativity boost – bravo guys! xxx