For ten days annually, from the end of May until early June, when the playful British weather is most likely to be bright and sunny, thousands of literary buffs young and old alike, descend upon Hay-on-Wye in Wales’ beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, to sit and read books. The world-famous Hay Festival celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform peoples’ way of thinking, and gives everyone from children to professors the opportunity to enjoy the energy of the written word. One of this year’s headline events, is Canadian writer of more than 40 books of poetry, fiction and essays, Margaret Atwood, discussing her 1985 dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid’s Tale with Peter Florence. Also a highlight, will be the performance of great West African all women supergroup, Les Amazones d’Afrique, with their exuberant harmonies and sublime rhythms.