More names for the 2012 Hay Programme

It’s less than two weeks until the official announcement of the full programme for the 2012 Hay Festival.  About this time each year, we produce a list of people we are confident will be in the programme.  We don’t guarantee the accuracy but we do go to some effort to make sure the names are right.  They come from a variety of sources including official Hay channels.  So here is our latest update with 55 names for the 2012 Hay Festival.

  • Adonis
  • Bill Bailey
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Belleruche
  • Max Boyce
  • Simon Callow
  • Lauren Child
  • Eoin Colfer
  • Jeremy Cooper
  • Cressida Cowell
  • Nick Crane
  • Jack Dee
  • Polly Dunbar
  • Phil Earle
  • Chris Evans
  • The Gentle Good
  • Ghostpoet
  • Luke Harding
  • Nick Harkaway
  • Michelle Harrison
  • Rolf Heuer
  • Charlie Higson
  • Hidden Orchestra
  • Matthew Hollis
  • Richard Holloway
  • Robin Ince
  • Suzy Joinson
  • David Lammy
  • Jonathan Lee
  • John Lewis-Stempel
  • Ian McEwan
  • Zara McFarlane
  • Hilary Mantel
  • Cerys Matthews
  • Jonathan Meades
  • Tim Minchin
  • Patrick Ness
  • Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Paper Aeroplanes
  • Phil Rickman
  • Michael Rosen
  • Axel Scheffler
  • Marcus Sedgwick
  • Elif Shafak
  • Darren Shan
  • Francesca Simon
  • Jon Snow
  • Andy Stanton
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Bryn Terfel
  • Steven Vaughan
  • David Walliams
  • James Watson
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Patrick de Witt

Musical Line-Up for Hay 25

Music plays a big part in the annual Hay Festival and it is always a carefully considered and eclectic mix of artists.  This year there is a strong Welsh flavour with Cerys Matthews (above) on the bill along with Bryn Terfel (already sold out). Balladeer and story teller Max Boyce will be there along with  Paper Aeroplanes, an alternative pop band from Wales who have been compared to Fleetwood Mac and The Cranberries.

Other artists that will be on the bill include much acclaimed British singer and producer Ghostpoet and the Edinburgh-based Hidden Orchestra whose sound combine elements of jazz, classical, drum’n’bass, rock and hip hop.

David Walliams at Hay on 31st May

The man about to grace our screens on Britain’s Got Talent and erstwhile star of Little Britain seems at first glance an unlikely booking for the Hay Festival of literature and the arts.  Unbeknownst to many however Walliams is also a writer of children’s books.   ‘Mr Stink’, ‘The Boy in The Dress’ and ‘Billionaire Boy’ are all bestsellers on the children’s charts.

His latest,’Gangsta Granny’, from which he will be reading at Hay, is riding high in the top sellers list for all genres.  The hero of the book Ben, is bored at his grandma’s house.  All she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup.   But Ben doesn’t know his grandma was once an international jewel thief, plotting to steal the crown jewels.

Walliams will be at Hay as part of the Hay Fever young persons programme on the 31st June.

Twenty-nine Names for Hay 25

Here’s our latest update on names for the 2012 Hay Festival.  A single asterisk means that they’ve been confirmed through official Hay channels.  Two asterisks and they are on sale now.
  • Adonis*
  • Harry Belafonte*
  • Simon Callow**
  • Jeremy Cooper
  • Phil Earle
  • Luke Harding
  • Nick Harkaway*
  • Rolf Heuer
  • Matthew Hollis*
  • Richard Holloway*
  • Robin Ince
  • Suzy Joinson*
  • David Lammy
  • John Lewis-Stempel
  • Ian McEwan*
  • Zara McFarlane
  • Hilary Mantel**
  • Jonathan Meades
  • Tim Minchin**
  • Karl Ove Knausgaard*
  • Paper Aeroplanes
  • Michael Rosen*
  • Axel Scheffler**
  • Elif Shafak*
  • Francesca Simon**
  • Jon Snow
  • Bryn Terfel**
  • James Watson**
  • Patrick de Witt*