Peter Florence | The Hay maker

Peter Florence | The Hay maker

Suggest to Peter Florence that at the age of 30 the Hay Festival, which he famously founded with his father Norman around the family kitchen table in 1987, is now part of the Establishment, easily able to attract global megastars and, as a result, facing a problem keeping its grunginess and its anger, and he laughs.

“I’ve done grungy—we’re 30 years old now. We don’t need to be students any more. But I do think there’s a strong argument for big, radical Establishment. I don’t think liberalism is wrong, I think it has been badly sold by poor champions. The big, humanist, liberal argument nee...

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