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.