National Geographic Traveler came out with a list of the top 10 literary cities. Feel free to agree or disagree. In order of precedence
- St Petersburg
- Portland, Oregon
- Washington, DC
- Melbourne, Australia
- Santiago, Chile
It’s a strange list, frankly speaking. The top 3 are all in the UK. It overlooks cities like New York, or San Francisco. Or even Seattle. Asia apparently doesn’t exist, nor does the Middle East, or Africa. So weird.
For our money, the most literary city in the UK is the one that sells literature . . . Hay-on-Wye. If you have not been to the Hay Festival, (or a Hay Festival somewhere in the world), described by Bill Clinton as “A woodstock for the mind,” you don’t love books enough!