UK: Hay festival archive to the British Library

30 years of festival recordings and other materials donated.

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The Hay Festival is donating 30 years' worth of audio visual recordings of conversations with, and speeches by, artists, authors and others. The collection includes 5,000 audio recordings, 2,000 films and 120 folders of manuscripts. 

The Hay Festival grew from modest beginnings but is now international in coverage.  The donation forms the largest single collection of literary recordings ever acquired by the British Library.

The archive features – amongst others – Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton, Seamus Heaney, Hugh Masekela, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy, Tom Stoppard and Desmond Tutu.

More information via the British Library.