John Finnemore on his favourite Hay 25 moment

John Finnemore on his favourite Hay 25 moment

My favourite moment in Hay this year was sitting in the restaurant tent with the Early Edition crew and Andy Stanton, watching coverage of the Jubilee regatta with the sound turned down, and helpfully supplying our own: ‘The Queen’s skeleton, of course, often overlooked, but it’s always been one of her staunchest supporters, and here we see it once again holding the monarch aloft with its customary blend of grace and calcium….’
The oddest moment was browsing in the book tent, trying to decide which of the linguist David Crystal’s excellent books to buy. Of the six available, I picked up one at random, opened it at a random page, and found myself reading a description of Hay. More specifically the book shops. More specifically still, the Pembertons book tent in which I was currently standing. Of course, my great hope now is that just one person should happen to read this blog post on their smartphone while in the same tent, and thus find themselves standing in a tent; reading about me standing in the same tent; reading about David Crystal standing in the same tent. And of course for maximum recursion points, that person should be David Crystal…