What to do and where to go in May to join the literati.

Calling book lovers of all ages! If you fancy a low-key but stimulating UK break, why not get bookish at the Daily Telegraph Hay-on-Wye Festival (www.hayfestival.com/wales/), which claims to be the greatest of literary events.

This year’s Festival takes place from the 26th of May to the 5th of June with the finest of high profile speakers, such as Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul, historians Bettany Hughes and Niall Ferguson, writers Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman, actors Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes.

But don't worry, it’s not all high-brow! There’s time for a laugh too. Comedians Sue Perkins, Sandi Toksvig, Paul Merton and Jo Brand are part of the star studded ‘cast’, and there’s a ‘Hayfever’ programme of events for children if you’d like to take the family.

The festival takes place in the staggeringly beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales, so you can feast your eyes as well as improve your mind! The festival is non-profit making with ticket prices ranging from £5-£19.

For a list of local accommodation, visit the Hay-on-Wye tourist information website www.hay-on-wye.co.uk or call 01497820144 or 01874622485 for the Brecon office.

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