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
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More names for the 25th Hay Festival

Here at Making Hay we’ve been keeping our ear to the ground.  We have some more names who we are confident will be appearing at the 25th Hay Festival at the beginning of June; bringing music, literature and comedy.

  • Harry Belafonte
  • Phil Earle
  • Robin Ince
  • Suzy Joinson
  • Zara McFarlane
  • Patrick de Witt

So far tickets are on sale for Tim Minchin and Hilary Mantel with more official announcements promised soon.

New Tim Minchin Date: 31 May

Due to massive popular demand the Hay Festival has added a second Tim Minchin date to the 2012 programme.   The original Friday night performance sold out within a couple of days.

The antipodean singer/entertainer/’thing of jaw-dropping wonder’ will now also appear on the previous Thursday night, typically a low key opening day ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.  Both gigs will are in the Barclays Wealth Pavillion – the site’s 1500 seat flagship venue.  Tickets are on sale now. 

First Confirmed Names for Hay Festival 2012

Here’s a our first short list of confirmed names for the 2012 Hay Festival.  Simon Callow was announced on the official Twitter on Boxing day and both Hilary Mantel and Tim Minchin are on sale on the official Hay site.  We’ve already mentioned the singing duo Paper Aeroplanes on this blog.  We can’t absolutely guarantee that the others on this list will be threre, but we are fairly sure we are right.  More official announcements are on their way at the end of the week.
  • Simon Callow
  • Jeremy Cooper
  • Rolf Heuer
  • John Lewis-Stempel
  • Hilary Mantel
  • Tim Minchin
  • Paper Aeroplanes (band)
  • Jon Snow

New Music Venue for 2012 Hay Festival

Hay will have a new music venue for the 2012 Festival. The venue will be near the town centre at the Castle ground, the site occupied in recent years by Giffords Circus.  The site has been used to host a tented venue by the festival before, but hasn’t been used by the festival proper since it moved from the local primary school to the current site in Dairy Meadows a mile outside the town.

Whilst it is more famous for its literature the festival has seen major established musical acts perform as well ground-breaking performers. Bob Geldof, Laura Marling, Hot Chip, PJ Harvey, Toumani Diabate, Jools Holland and many more have appeared in recent years.

No musical performers have been officially announced for this year but we can tell you that Paper Aeroplanes, an alternative pop band from Wales who have been compared to Fleetwood Mac and The Cranberries, will be there.  There’s also a rumour that breakthrough British jazz singer Zara McFarlane might be on the bill.  Sadly the new venue means no Giffords Circus this time round.

Unbound sheds light on new way to publish

A publishing venture for the new age was unveiled yesterday in a purpose-built shed at the Hay Festival.  Unbound aims to connect writers with readers in new ways.

The Unbound web site hosts author’s ‘pitches’ for new books and if you like the idea, you can become a sponsor, when the target number of sponsors is reached the deal is done and the author can go ahead and start writing.  There are different levels of support, from simply pledging to buy an ebook through to tickets for the launch party and even lunch with the author. Sponsors also have access to the author’s private area of the website or ‘shed’ where there will be updates on the book’s progress and exclusive interviews.

The beautifully bound, limited edition hardback even comes printed with the sponsors names.  Several authors are already signed up including Terry Jones who is the first off the mark with a sponsor.  You can check out and even support the current projects on the Unbound site.

Naipaul and Theroux bury the past

A veil was drawn over an epic literary feud at the Hay Festival. Paul Theroux and VS Naipaul ceased hostilities with a handshake in the green room.

The rapprochement was brokered by Ian McEwan who encouraged Theroux to offer his hand to his erstwhile mentor and friend . “I miss you,”  said Theroux. Naipaul replied  “I miss you too”.

“We’ve finally spoken,” said Paul Theroux who had already expressed his enjoyment of the festival to a packed Hay audience. “I’ve had an experience today with a capital E.”  VS Naipaul, who also enjoyed a capacity audience told visitors “It was very nice to see him and I’m pleased things have worked out the way they have.”