At the start of every year the Hay Festival release a handful of Earlybird tickets. The first release of these tickets for Hay Festival 2014 are on sale now and they include some big names like Stephen Fry, Jacqueline Wilson, Judi Dench and Jennifer Saunders. The release is a small selection of head-liner tickets and when they sell out (as some already have) it doesn’t mean that you can’t go – more will be released in the countdown to the 2014 festival. You have to register to book theses tickets and you can checl the full selection and availability here.
More Earlybird tickets will appear soon including the Nobel Laureates Series, which will be made available for Earlybird sales any day.
Desmond Tutu is supposed to be the headline ‘act’ at this year’s Hay Festival but I’m not convinced that Stephen Fry is not the bigger draw. Tickets were sold out weeks in advance and there was a real sense of anticipation on the site as the hour of his homage to America approached.
Fry did not disappoint. He fulfilled the role of chat show guest to Festival founder Peter Florence’s genial host. The session was richer in anecdote than in structure but no worse for that. With the voice of Billy Wilder, Fry reported that Agatha Christie had been a poor writer of dialogue but in the mind of the great Director “plots like a fucking angel”. We were told of the Kenyan view that ‘Obama’ could have been their first “white” president and heard tales of Alistair Cooke’s charm, generosity and brushes with Hitler and Bertrand Russell.
Stephen Fry is rapidly turning into a national treasure and it is events like this that will help to seal the deal.