273,000 people attended the Hay Festival this year, up 18,000 on last year. Fantastic acts combined with fantastic weather are sure to have boosted the numbers. Visitors from many nations from across the world including Afghanistan and Argentina descended on the beautiful market town.

700 of the greatest writers, global policy makers, pioneers and innovators joined in over 800 events, with highlights available on Hay Player now http://hayfestival.com/hayplayer