The Hay Festival has announced the first names for the 2015 Festival from the 21 -31 May. Stalwart Stephen Fry, along with Germaine Greer and Kazuo Ishiguro are joined by Antony Beevor, Karen Armstrong and Dan and Peter Snow. Also on the early bird list are giants of Children’s literature Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson.
Booking for these events is open exclusively to Friends of the Festival for three days after which sales open to the general public. This year the Festival has added advance car park booking which can be selected at the same time as tickets.
Fry who was named last year as festival President hosts the first in a Magna Carta series of twenty events. He will be joined by international guests to discuss equalities just two weeks after the general election and eight hundred years after a gang of barons met in a tent by a river to elicit the signature of King John.
Germaine Greer will discuss Juliet, Beatrice, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Ann Hathaway and the Dark Lady of the Sonnets with festival director Peter Florence and Kazuo Ishiguro will discuss his extraordinary new novel and his first in a decade. ‘The Buried Giant’ begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years on a journey that will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.