Fictions: Women’s LivesTwo astounding novels explore mysteries and extremes. Desai’s Witness The Night is set in India and won the Costa First Book Prize. Orange Prize-winner Patchett’s State of Wonder is set in Brazil. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.
Hay Festival 2011, Saturday 28 May 2011, 1pm
Roll up! All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you’d like to read, please email email@example.com with ‘Open Mic’ in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry.Please note slots are open to unpublished writers only.
All proceeds to support the education initiatives of the Festivals of Literature Charitable Trust
Hay Festival 2011, Sunday 29 May 2011, 9.45pm
Fictions: Waterstone’s ElevenWe profile four of the emerging novelists championed in the Waterstone’s new writing promotion. Winman’s <spanstyle="font-style: italic;"="">When God Was a Rabbit is a family story set over four decades; Obreht’s <spanstyle="font-style: italic;"="">The Tiger’s Wife resonates over three generations in the Balkans; Waheed’sThe Collaborator is set in the heart of terrible conflict in 1990s Kashmir. Leith’s The Coincidence Engine conjures The Directorate of The Extremely Improbable and a chase across America.
Trailer for The Coincidence Engine
Find more information about these titles at waterstones.com
Hay Festival 2011, Monday 30 May 2011, 1pm
We'll be holding a Poetry Reading in tribute to our friend and champion of poetry, who died yesterday.Bob Geldof reads Yeats and Keats, Lisa Dwan reads Heaney, Peter Florence reads Wilfred Owen. More readers will be announced tomorrow.
Hay Festival 2011, Sunday 5 June 2011, 11.30am
Beside the SeaThe actress reprises her SBC triumph of Veronique Olmi’s haunting Beside The Sea about a mother who is driven to the extremes of mental and physical despair. Performance, and discussion chaired by Stephanie Merritt.
Hay Festival 2012, Monday 4 June 2012, 8.30pm
The ThreadThe novelist discusses her epic Greek romance set across C20th Thessaloniki. Hislop is the best-selling author of The Island, The Return and One Cretan Evening.
Hay Festival 2012, Friday 8 June 2012, 1pm
Fictions - PlacePatterson’s Belfast-set The Mill for Grinding Old People Young is a novel about a young man caught up in the political fever of the times and a love story about discovering who you are and how you define yourself; Vann’s Dirt, set in Sacramento, focuses on a family tragedy and the enveloping landscape.
Hay Festival 2012, Saturday 9 June 2012, 11.30am
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