Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Bryony Gordon: How to survive Hay Festival
As she prepares to travel to Hay-on-Wye, Bryony Gordon shares her dos and don'ts for those attending the annual literary festival
Tintern Abbey, immortalised in verse and paint by Wordsworth and Turner, is about an hour’s drive from Hay-on-Wye. Its ruins offer an opportunity to find solitude away from the bustle on the lawn at the festival itself
Until I turned 30, my experiences of festivals had predominantly been... well, grubby if I am honest. I was just eight when I went to my first one - Reading, as it happens - having been dragged along by my trendy uncle and cousins under the belief I was going to see some pixies. Imagine my surprise when I realised that actually, I was going to see a band called The Pixies. I was wearing a pony sanctuary jumper and a Laura Ashley floral skirt and a naked woman with a dog tied to a stick took one look at me and pronounced: “what the **** are you doing here?” She had a point, however crudely she had decided to make it, and I realise now that she was probably on drugs, but it scarred me for life festival-wise. I’ve never really been a fan. More