The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Hay on Wye Declares Independence
Hay on Wye declares independence and pledges a future of second-hand book browsing and sausage eating.
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A bemused Peter Green reports from Hay on Wye (on April Fool's Day…) with news that the market town on the English and Welsh border has broken away from Brecon and will in future go it alone (apart from a peculiar link up with Enkeldoorn in Rhodesia). Local second hand book dealer 'King' Richard Booth is behind the stunt, which shouldn't do his business any harm!
King Richard Booth's publicity drive for the town of Hay on Wye led eventually to the setting up of a literary festival in the town. He even survived a 'beheading' as rival republican rebels attempted to take over the town in 2009.
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