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Literary, comedy and musical treats at Hay Festival

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 14:40 UK time, Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Hay Festival begins tomorrow, bringing a whole host of literary, creative, musical and comedic personalities to the small Welsh book town of Hay-on-Wye.

The Hay Festival site. Photo: Finn Beales

The Hay Festival site. Photo: Finn Beales

You probably know all about it already of course, and will have no doubt heard the oft-quoted former President Bill Clinton calling it the 'Woodstock of the mind', so I'm not going to bore you with minutiae - you can browse exactly who's appearing and when on the Hay Festival website.

What I will do is give you a brief list of some of the Welsh flavours on the Hay menu.

Those flying the Welsh literary flag include Owen Sheers, Gwyneth Lewis, Niall Griffiths, Richard Gwyn, Horatio Clare, Tom Bullough, Paul Henry, Cynan Jones, Myrrha Stanford-Smith, Deborah Kay Davies and the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke.

Welsh comedian Elis James will appear at Hay this year, while musician and new author Cerys Matthews will perform poetry from her recently published children's book Tales From The Deep, and also sing in concert.

Other Welsh highlights include appearances by Simon Weston, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Mr Nice himself, Howard Marks.

Keep up to date with the latest festival goings-on with the Hay Festival on Twitter. Plus, let us know in the comments box below if you're planning a trip to Hay this year - and what or who you're looking forward to seeing.

Meanwhile, taking place alongside the main festival is HowTheLightGetsIn, a philosophy and music festival at Hay. The theme for this year’s event is New Gods - icons and ideas in a changed world.

Guests will include sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, politician Vince Cable, screenwriter and playwright Jez Butterworth plus author Philip Pullman among many others. For more, see www.howthelightgetsin.org.


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