Make Hay not war! …A tribute to Hay, Ray and Sir Terry!

I wrote this post two years ago, but it is particularly poignant today, given the tragic news that Sir Terry Pratchett has lost his long fight with Alzheimer’s. He was a colossus of the fantasy genre and one of our brightest literary lights. He will be sadly missed by those who knew him and the millions of fans worldwide that wish they did. RIP Terry, you’re one in a billion! 😦 xxxx

Sophie E Tallis - Author/Illustrator

I’ll admit that my expectations of the Hay Festival were high…and I was NOT disappointed!

Returning home last night, at nearly 11pm, utterly exhausted and elated with a boot full of books, I found myself in a blissful state of delirium. What an experience! Not just the festival itself, with its Tibetan-like rainbow flags (perhaps fluttering in homage to the God of Books), its eco credentials and bohemian artsy feel, but the whole town and how each compliments the other. The entire vibe of the place…this little idyll, this heaven for book lovers nestled amongst the most breathtaking landscapes. Just bliss!

In a time of grim realities, economic meltdown, political confusion, conflict and war, to be immersed in such a haven is nothing short of magical. There are so few places where the written word is so celebrated. The minute my writer friend and I stepped foot in the town, you could almost feel…

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6 thoughts on “Make Hay not war! …A tribute to Hay, Ray and Sir Terry!

  1. Lovely times to remember, Sophie. And so sad, that another wonderful writer, who gave so much to his fans, has moved on.

    • Thanks you, Ashen. Yeap, I feel so blessed to have seen him first hand, but so sad that that was one of his very last public appearances. He was a terrific writer and did so much to raise awareness of dementia and the right to die with dignity. A great man and a very sad loss. 😦

  2. Such very sad news, Sophie. His books and lovely tributes such as these will live on.

  3. M T McGuire says:

    Lovely post and yeh, Sir Terry is going to be missed. I’m getting sadder and sadder as it sinks in.

    Cheers

    MTM

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