It is officially termed the "Hay Festival of Literature and Arts". But isn't it rapidly turning into an all-celebrity event? What on earth have ex-President Carter, Tariq Ramadan, Jeremy Clarkson, Jamie Oliver and Cherie Booth got to do with the kind of literature discussed on this forum?
Wouldn't it be nice if the festival went back to its roots and invited more writers of fiction and poetry - especially lots more from Europe? So that you can get a sample of the author, see them in person, but then go home to read the book in peace.