Stephen Fry, Dame Judi Dench and Jennifer Saunders at Hay

Dame Judi Dench, Jennifer Saunders and Stephen Fry Dame Judi Dench, Jennifer Saunders and Stephen Fry are in the line-up

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Entertainment heavyweights Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Jennifer Saunders are among the headline acts for the 2014 Hay Festival in Powys.

The literary event in Hay-on-Wye is the 27th to be staged in the border town, famous for its second-hand bookshops.

Fry launches the festival's celebration of 450 years since William Shakespeare's birth while Dench rounds off the event talking about her work.

The festival will run from 22 May to 1 June.

Other names announced include American Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, writer and broadcaster Joan Bakewell, author Julia Donaldson and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.

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