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The pigs of Hay

By Tom Chatfield  

Some delightful blogging from comic author and sometime musician Julian Gough at the Hay festival, in which he reports on his (successful) mission to steal Will Self’s pig in protest at a literary prize seemingly determined before the announcement of its shortlist. The video alone makes essential viewing, as much for the dapper cut of its protagonist’s suit as any porcine poaching. But should we credit Gough’s impressively well-documented claims? According to the Times, festival organizers have reported that “Will Self’s pig is safe and secure in a secret location”—although the Telegraph blog contents itself with noting that “this is…

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