Hay Festival has today announced a second round of earlybird events for its 32nd edition, 23 May-2 June, offering a taste of its biggest ever programme of evening entertainment.
Two stars of the silver screen join the line-up. Comedian *Jimmy Carr* brings his new show *Terribly Funny*, while there will be conversation with campaigner, filmmaker and Strictly winner *Stacey Dooley*.
Three late-night music events have been unveiled, including performances from legendary French supergroup *The Gipsy Kings* and the Scottish-Irish folk rock band *The Waterboys*.
As a special highlight, visionary musicians will bring the words and images of Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris’ award-winning *The Lost Words* to the festival stage with *Spell Songs*.
Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, said: *“There’s some joy and real energy here. As we begin to finalise the programme of debate and conversation, it’s a delight to offer up some great nights of pure pleasure.”
These six new events join a bold selection of sessions already announced, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winner *Jared Diamond *(Upheaval); Nobel Prize-winner *Venki Ramakrishnan* (Gene Machine); travel writers *Robert Macfarlane* (Underland: A Deep Time Journey) and *Horatio Clare* (The Light in the Dark, Something of his Art); award-winning novelists *Leila Slimani *(Adèle), *Anna Burns *(Milkman), and *Markus Zusak* (The Book Thief); children’s favourites *Julia Donaldson* (The Gruffalo) and *Michael Rosen* (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt); comedian and broadcaster *Sandi Toksvig*; and all-star performances of *Diaries Live* and *Speeches Live*.Tickets are on sale now online to Friends of Hay Festival or via 01497 822 629. Public booking opens Saturday 26 January at 8am. For more information click here