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Hay Castle & Library of Mistakes Announce Inaugural Weekend of Mistakes Festival (1-3 March)

We’re delighted to share that the celebrated Library of Mistakes will be in residence at Hay Castle, 1–3 March 2024.


Join historians, financial experts, investment sages for a wealth of wisdom, and enjoy a weekend of financial booms and busts, bubbles, swindles, panics and crashes. A Weekend of Mistakes that offers you insights from the past - and some key lessons for your financial future!


An Edinburgh-based charity, the Library of Mistakes is dedicated to learning from the lessons of financial history – to better inform the present and help navigate the future. Since opening in 2014, it has developed from a specialist library to having an international following for its online events, webinars and podcasts on both historic and contemporary issues.


Featuring an illustrious, thought-provoking line up of authors, historians, financial experts and investment sages, the inaugural Weekend of Mistakes will curate unique discussions across a range of topics, including the deception and discreet charm of con artists, the financial plights of Sir Walter Scott, the complex ethics of banking, and a discussion about epic financial failures and why they didn’t need to happen.


There will also be opportunities to connect and discuss the themes raised during the events with speakers and other delegates, as well as book signings, breakfast discussions, networking opportunities and more – against the beautiful backdrop of Hay-on-Wye.


Expert speakers will include Merryn Somerset-Webb (Bloomberg contributor and founder of MoneyWeek), Edward Chancellor (author of The Price of Time), Sir Philip Augar (The Bank That Lived a Little), Helen Thompson (Disorder – Hard Times in the 21st Century), Oliver Bullough (Butler to the World), Russell Napier (The Solid Ground) and Tamim Bayoumi.


Tom True, Director, Hay Castle Trust, said: “We are very excited to reveal an outstanding array of speakers at Hay Castle’s Weekend of Mistakes, featuring cautionary tales and entertaining conversations around financial swindles and blunders. The programme, packed with fun, thought, and originality, is reflective of this beautiful venue.”


Russell Napier, Keeper, The Library of Mistakes, said: “Engage with learning about the financial past and understand more about our financial future in the beautiful and hospitable Hay-on-Wye.”

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