'The Most Beautiful Tweet' as determined by the steamy Stephen Fry


The host of literary heavyweights to descend on the Guardian Hay festival may be more used to reviewing substantial literary works, but messages of 140 characters or fewer are set to share the festival stage this year in the search to find the most beautiful tweet ever written.

The search for the winning tweet begins tomorrow and ends a week on Friday, and the tweets will be judged by the unofficial king of Twitter, actor and writer Stephen Fry.

Organisers have promised a diverse lineup at the 10-day festival this year, including playwright Tom Stoppard, novelists Zadie Smith, Martin Amis and Philip Pullman, and the former Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf. And while the inclusion of Twitter in one of the world's foremost literature festivals – called the "Woodstock of the mind" by former US president Bill Clinton – might provoke some raised eyebrows, Florence said the competition was in keeping with the festival's non-elitist approach.