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Living Beautifully Compendium No1.

Living Beautifully Compendium No1.


Beautiful experiences lift the human spirit. They say, optimistically, life is worthwhile. If we can be more beautiful in our thoughts and in our actions, we can learn to live and work more beautifully. We’ve all had enough of ugly.
James Ursell

James Ursell


Welcome to a slow somnambulating journey through James Ursell’s beautiful yet sombre landscapes, a place inhabited by hypnagogic forms.
Bookstagram

Bookstagram


Reading can get kinda lonesome, sorta onesome – just you and a book having a good-enough time, sure, but sometimes when a good line gets your attention…
Forty years of Hay Independence

Forty years of Hay Independence


Forty years ago on 1st April 1977 (April Fool's Day) Richard Booth declared Hay-On-Wye an Independent kingdom.
Sacred scripts

Sacred scripts


A beautiful short Film by Abdul-Rehman Malik about the inspired work of calligraphy artist Tashi Mannox.
Herefordshire Sourdough

Herefordshire Sourdough


You can eat the air: I don’t mean sucking in lungfulls, when striding with dogs on the quaggy crown of Credenhill.
Badass Books & Jihadi Jeopardy

Badass Books & Jihadi Jeopardy


The recent invasion of Timbuktu and destruction of its historical centre is appalling; the audacious rescue by academic activists of its intellectual heritage is amazing.
The Eye in the window

The Eye in the window


Since it first appeared in the window, the eye of The Keep has intrigued its observers, simultaneously looking at it and being looked at by it.
The jewellery of genocide

The jewellery of genocide


The history of borderlands is a history of bloodshed, of competing interests and of changing influences. It’s a history of how people interact, and fail to interact, at the margins of our small worlds, and is pockmarked with tales of victors and vanquished.
Glastonbury Uprooted

Glastonbury Uprooted


It's that time of the year, when thousands of hyped-up festival heads make their annual pilgrimage to a field in Somerset, to Glastonbury.
Ffynnon Ishow – the Holy Wells of Wales.

Ffynnon Ishow – the Holy Wells of Wales.


"Water", says Mark Harrell, "finds its way into churches. Always." He visits the ancient, healing holy well of Patricio Church and looks for votive offerings left by modern pilgrims.
School’s out at the Hay Festival

School’s out at the Hay Festival


They’re on site all day. Thousands of them. All suddenly over-stimulated by brilliant books, bright ideas, festival fun, ice cream and maybe the collective desire to hunt down Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and other great favourite writers for children.
How The Light Gets In

How The Light Gets In


We adore books but we also like to dabble in a little philosophy. How The Light Gets In is the cheeky sidekick to the Hay Book festival, with its own unique attractions.
New Life

New Life


I would like my art to be an authentic response that reflects life in its entirety, as a counter to our sanitised culture where darkness is hidden from view.
International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016 Winner

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016 Winner


On Saturday 14th May 2016, Max Porter was named as the winner of the 10th International Dylan Thomas Prize for his first book, 'Grief Is the Thing with Feathers'.