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Hay Literature Festival 2012 line-up revealed

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 15:04 UK time, Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The full line-up for the 2012 Hay Literature Festival, which runs from 31 May to 10 June, has been announced.

Big name highlights at the 10-day festival festival include veteran American actor, singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte and Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel, who will present her new novel Bring Up The Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall.

Other big name authors on this year's bill include Terry Pratchett, Lionel Shriver, Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Victoria Hislop and Ian McEwan.

I've had a scan through the programme and here are just some of the Welsh highlights on offer at this year's event.

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch. Photo: Keith Morris

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch. Photo: Keith Morris

Comedian Rob Brydon will speak about his autobiography, Small Man In A Book, while Robert Minhinnick discusses his short story collection The Keys Of Babylon.

Author, BBC Radio Wales presenter and BBC Wales Arts blogger Phil Rickman talks about his novels while Damian Walford Davies and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch read from their respective works Witch and Banjo in a joint session at the festival.

Owen Sheers will talk about The Gospel Of Us, his novelisation of the National Theatre Wales production The Passion, with the producer of the three-day theatre production Lucy Davies.

There will also be screenings of the film version of the production, also called The Gospel Of Us, starring Michael Sheen that played out in Port Talbot over the 2011 Easter weekend.

Cardiff-born screen writer Abi Morgan, the woman behind The Iron Lady, The Hour and Birdsong will be in conversation with Francine Stock and veteran Welsh author Dannie Abse talks to Dai Smith about his autobiography, Goodbye Twentieth Century.

Musical entertainment at the festival includes session from Paper Aeroplanes and Cerys Matthews plus a concert with opera star Bryn Terfel. The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's Jazz Time club will be also hosting masterclasses and playing lunchtime concerts throughout the festival.

Paper Aeroplanes

Paper Aeroplanes

Read more about the Hay Festival on the BBC News website and visit the Hay Festival website for the full line-up and further details.


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