Richard Booth M.B.E. (1938-2019)

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Richard Booth MBE

Statement from our Chairperson: Ange Grunsell

“Hay Writers’ Circle join the rest of our Hay community in grieving at the loss of the man who put Hay on the map and transformed the town into a town of books, of reading, of writing, of tourists and of prosperity.

Richard sponsored the Hay Writers’ Circle annual non fiction competition (The Richard Booth Prize) in these last year’s of his life, generously donating the prizes which he gave, in person, at our annual summer lunch. He always took an interest in writers and took the trouble to meet our winners.

Before ill health overtook him, Richard and his wife Hope regularly attended our Hay Festival performances and we continue to be grateful for all their support.

We send our condolences to Hope and all the family.”

Richard Booth’s funeral will take place at Cusop Church on Thursday 29th August at 2.30pm. It is intended that the service should be a celebration of Richard’s life
and is open to everyone who wishes to attend. 



About thehaywriters

The Hay Writers : a highly active & forward thinking writing group based in Hay-on-Wye, the world famous 'Town of Books'. ✍️ In 2019 we celebrated our 40th anniversary.
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