Real Hay-on-Wye Book Launch and Book Signing

Hay Writers’ Circle send a huge congratulations to the outstanding Kate Noakes on the imminent launch of her new book, Real Hay-on-Wye at Hay Festival this coming Sunday. Her latest book combines “memoir, anecdote, social history and arcane facts with subversive wit to provide an affectionate portrait of the town famed for its secondhand shops (and Hay Festival). She describes how it faces the challenges of any small market town, with a rich rural hinterland, and a landscape vying for attention with the best that metropolitan culture has to offer.” Real Hay-on-Wye is the latest in the Seren Real Series of offbeat guides to towns and cities around the UK.

Real Hay-on-Wye is her first non fiction title. Kate was elected to the Welsh Academy in 2011, has published seven Poetry Collections and was the judge for the Hay Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition in 2020 naming Emma van Woerkom winner that year.

Kate shares her Hay Festival event (number 369) with Rosie Hayles, who has written the story of one street in Hay seen through history, in a narrative rich in the detail of everyday life, peopled with characters from Norman times up to 1980 when Broad Street had its first two bookshops. Rosie has spent many years collecting stories of those who have lived or worked on Broad Street. FINDING HAY: A JOURNEY UP BROAD STREET They will be interviewed by Tom Bullough.

Tickets are £8.00 each and can be booked by clicking HERE – Book signing afterwards.

It’s also less than 12 hours until our Hay Writers’ Circle event in the Summer House at Hay Festival. We are always so grateful for the continued support the Festival provides and the generosity of our audiences too.

Don’t forget three of our exciting writers, Mark Bayliss, Marianne Rosen and Emma van Woerkom will be signing their books (see below) in the Festival Bookshop straight after the event. Hope to see you there!

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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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