Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Battle of the Hays & Fallowell vs President Carter

I am fascinated to learn that the Hay Festival has now moved out of town - and that its founder Richard Booth is this year running his own parafest at the same time called the Real Hay Festival.

So far booked are Arthur Scargill on Saturday May 24th and DUNCAN FALLOWELL on Sunday May 25th, both in the State Room of Hay Castle (which Richard owns). The official festival is in a soggy field somewhere in tents. I don't know what Arthur is doing but Duncan is presenting the World Premiere of The Princess Diana Workshop from his forthcoming book The Ones That Got Away.

Peter Florence, organiser of the official Hay Festival, told people he was getting Gore Vidal as his star attraction but my darling friend Gore for some reason switched to the Brighton Festival instead - maybe he thinks it more gay-friendly. I must get in touch with him and find out what's up. I think he may live to 99.

Peter Florence now has President Carter as his star attraction - excuse me if I droop a little at the prospect. Jimmy is such a drone though he perks up if you say "George Bush" at him. President Carter is in the tent in the field the same Sunday as DUNCAN's in the State Room in the Castle.

You know which one you want to see.

PS: See how Richard Booth coins it from ghosties - click here.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there a site for the Real Hay Festival then? Can't see anything on Google.

Anonymous said...

Scargill and Fallowell - interesting combo

surfpup said...

will Dunk be performing nekkid?

Anonymous said...

You have to have double-ell in your name to appear. It's in Wales.

Anonymous said...

What book is President Carter flogging?

Madame Arcati said...

Well, take your pick - there's Jimmy's Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid OR Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope; both published last year and I'm sure readable in their way.

Anonymous said...

He's onto a loser in Palestine. Muslims only want apartheid wherever they go

Anonymous said...

Fallowell's got aanother book coming already? The bastard's only just had one out a few weeks ago

Anonymous said...

Love the ad on your P.S. But every weekend is paranormal at Hay Castle - your story is typical of the loopy goings-on there

sofa said...

will tiaras be worn?

Anonymous said...

So, how do we get tickets to this event at which Arthur and Duncan promote their books? I find it very odd there's not even a website.

Anonymous said...

Will Madame Arcati be attending The Real Hays?

Anonymous said...

Has Arthur got a book?

Anonymous said...

it's odd that people think you don't exist if you don't have a website. Hay Castle is Norman with later additions, yet to include steam radio

Madame Arcati said...

Nothing listed on Amazon - perhaps a book will follow his appearance at Hay Castle. I do so think old socialists and castles go together, a perfect match really, of period and nostalgia.

Anonymous said...

So has booth fallen out with the hay Festival? This item begs more questions than answers.

Anonymous said...

According to the gossip column in today's Evening Standard, the official Hay Festival had a big party at the Savile Club in Mayfair last night to celebrate President Carter's connection with Wales. Can it get more phoney?

Madame Arcati said...

Not inviting me was a big mistake.