12 October 2011
On the weekend I headed up to Hay-on-Wye on the border of England and Wales. It's a great little town with a famous book festival. Apparently it was a sleepy village when Richard Booth moved there in the 60's and started his bookshop. Then he bought the castle and declared himself the King of Hay. At one stage the residents of Hay decided they were a separate kingdom and issued passports. Now there are over 30 shops selling 2nd hand and antiquarian books. It's a brilliant place to go for a weekend as if it's sunny you can walk in the Black Mountains. If not there's always a book to look at. Briefly looking at Richard Booth's website I think you can get yourself crowned king or queen of something if that takes your fancy. Hmm Queen Snow.... I quite like the sound of that.