The full Hay Festival 2016 program is yet to be
announced, but here's our highlights from the impressive run of early bird
Marlon James is not to be missed. He won last year’s Man Booker Prize with A Brief History of Seven Killings, a maximalist novel which took the assassination of Bob Marley as its starting point, before moving into a vividly imagined world, populated by drug barons and beauty queens.
We’re also particularly excited about the talk from Jeanette Winterson.
From debut novel Oranges are Not the Only Fruit onwards, she’s established herself
as a writer of unwavering talent, with a particular interest in how we form
identities. Her most recent novel The Gap
of Time is a modern reworking of Shakespeare’s entrancing romance The Winter’s Tale.
Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate, is
a writer and investigative journalist with a sharp literary sensibility. Her
interest is in human experience, and her subject life in the Soviet era and in
the years that followed. Previous topics have ranged from the role Russian
women played in the Second World War to the Chernobyl disaster so expect a wide-reaching
Christiana Figueres is Executive Secretary of the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change. That means she’s the person in charge
of the historic COP21 agreement, signed in Paris last year. A momentous step
forward for global climate policy, it’s a responsibility like few others.
If you’re a self-confessed cinephile, don’t miss Tippi
Hedren, a certified star of Hollywood’s golden age, best known for appearing in
the Hitchcock classics, The Birds and
Marnie. Comedy, meanwhile, comes
courtesy of Dara Ó Briain, surely one of the quickest wits on British television.
If you’re a friend of Hay Festival, you can buy
individual tickets for these early bird events, and more, now. If not, you can
become a member or wait until general booking opens on January 30 at 9am.
|What||Hay Festival 2016: guide to the loveliest literary events|
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