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Hay Festival

Ian McMillan presents the word cabaret from the 2015 Hay Festival. With writer and actor Stephen Fry, novelist Irvine Welsh, biographer Daisy Hay and musician Sasha McVeigh.

The Verb is at the Hay Festival.

Ian McMillan's guests in Hay-on-Wye include Stephen Fry, who is the president of the festival. Stephen recently published the third volume of his autobiography 'More Fool Me' (Penguin). For The Verb, he will be talking about his love of U.A.Fanthorpe.

The novelist Irvine Welsh's latest book is 'A Decent Ride' (Vintage), which brings back the character of 'Juice' Terry Lawson from his 2002 novel 'Glue'. 'A Decent Ride' has been shortlisted for the 2015 Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.

The award-winning biographer Daisy Hay describes the relationship between Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli in her new book 'Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance' (Chatto)

There's music from home-grown country talent Sasha McVeigh, who returns to her home town fresh from Nashville where she recorded her debut album 'I Stand Alone'.

Producer: Faith Lawrence

Part of Radio 3's week-long residency at the Hay Festival, with programmes CD Review, Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, Free Thinking, The Essay and World on 3 all broadcasting from the festival.

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 29 May 2015 22:00

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

Actor, presenter and writer Stephen Fry celebrates a ‘beautifully organised’ poem -  ‘Earthed’ by UA Fanthorpe. For Stephen, the power of the poem resides in its celebration of the ‘routinely special’ whilst also representing our ambivalent feelings towards the English landscape.

Stephen Fry

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Daisy Hay

Daisy Hay

Next Generation Thinker Daisy Hay’s latest book is ‘Mr & Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance’ (Chatto), a portrait of an unusual marriage. Starting as a marriage of convenience, they constructed romance through force of will. The book features many of their letters and Daisy explains how they communicated when words failed them.

Daisy Hay

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh

Irvine’s latest book is ‘A Decent Ride’ (Vintage), starring ‘Juice Terry’, one of the characters who weaves his way through Irvine’s fictional world. Irvine explains the challenges of writing dialects that are meant to be performed rather than written, and why swearing is so important to the language of a character like ‘Juice Terry’.

Irvine Welsh

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Sasha McVeigh

Sasha McVeigh

Sasha McVeigh is a country singer-songwriter from Hereford who calls her songs ‘rhyming diary entries’. Sasha has a passion for storytelling, and admires the openness and sincerity of country music lyrics. Her debut album ‘I Stand Alone’ is out now from Hot Stuff.

Sasha McVeigh

Sasha McVeigh on Twitter

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