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A Present for the Future - a Free Copy of Greta Thunberg's Climate Crisis Book for all Hay Kids

by Andrew Williams | June 05, 2019

We are delighted to be able to offer anyone under eighteen in Hay on Wye a free copy of the new book by celebrated teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg. “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference” gathers together Greta’s speeches, which have sparked a global movement and earned the teenager a Nobel Prize nomination - not bad for someone literally a third of my age!

We believe that the climate emergency we face is the most serious threat the human race has ever faced. As a fair trade shop, we also know that it is the poorest countries which suffer most from our changing climate. We need urgent action, and so far, our governments have let us down. Instead, it has fallen to activists like Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion movement to make people sit up and listen. We hope that by reading what Greta has to say, a new generation of Hay activists may be able to succeed where our current leaders have failed.

A free copy of Greta’s book will be available to anyone from Hay on Wye and the surrounding areas who calls into Eighteen Rabbit. While the usual “small print” will apply, there’s no need to bring ID unless you are lucky enough to look older than eighteen.

Hay Festival Approaches as the Literary World Descends on Hay

by Andrew Williams | May 22, 2019

It's that time of year again! At the end of this week, the literary world will descend on Hay for ten days of entertainment, education and inspiration. We are looking forward to welcoming all of you who are visiting our beautiful town. 

We were delighted to be featured in a preview of the Festival in the i newspaper - 

There is so much to see in Hay over the Festival, but here are a few of our highlights from the programme...

Friend of the shop, Richard King, is doing a few events this year to support his new book, "The Lark Ascending." Catch him in conversation with Peter Florence. 

King of American Noir fiction, James Ellroy is in Hay over the second weekend.

Music maestro and celebrity vegan, Moby will be talking through his memoirs - turns out he wasn't always so clean living :) 

Live music highlights include the Waterboys and the Gypsy Kings, but we'll be at the front of the queue for Ezra Furman on Tuesday night. 

Bring on the Sunshine With New Tees!

by Andrew Williams | May 08, 2019

It's a bit wet and miserable here in Hay on Wye as I write this, but we are already looking forward to sunnier weather :) To help get you in the mood we've just had some new tees in from Beth at Boodle. 

This new design called "Murmuration" is sure to be a big hit over the summer. We also have some classic designs back in all sizes...

This "Mountain Bear" design is back in small to XL - great for outdoors types!

As well as our unisex tees, we also have some fitted tops for women:

This "Under the Sea" design is perfect for eco-conscious sun lovers!

Zero Waste Club

by Andrew Williams | May 01, 2019

Recycling, plastic and pollution are on everyone's minds at the moment, and we were delighted to be approached by Zero Waste Club to start stocking their products. We've started with straws, toothbrushes and soap, and hope to expand the range over time. 

The straws come in a pack of two - made of sustainable bamboo. 

The toothbrushes are also bamboo, with a tree planted for every pack purchased!

The olive oil soap is vegan, and paraben and palm oil-free - just a great, natural bar. 

Let us know what you think and if you'd like to see more similar products.

News from Sri Lanka

by Andrew Williams | April 24, 2019

Like many of you, we have watched in horror the news coming out of Sri Lanka this week. It seems inconceivable that innocent civilians have been targeted in such a way during Easter week. 

One of our best-loved suppliers, Lanka Kade, are based in Sri Lanka. Mercifully, as far as they are able to tell, none of their workers have been directly affected by the attack. I believe they are mostly based in the north of the island, away from big cities such as Colombo. Nevertheless, given the scale of the casualties, it is inevitable that some friends and family will have suffered injuries or been killed. 

A Lanka Kade ark as part of our window display a few years ago.

You can keep up with the latest news from Lanka Kade by following their Instagram feed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those suffering in Sri Lanka.