Hay Festival has announced this year’s edition will go ahead in free digital form from 22-31 May. According to its official website, it’ll consist of:
Free live broadcasts and interactive Q&As from over 100 of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers who share their insights and interrogate some of the biggest issues of our time, from Covid-19 and world health to the climate crisis and our future.
Benedict will take part in one of the very first events, a celebration of the works of siblings William and Dorothy Wordsworth, alongside a stellar cast:
Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Monty Don, Stephen Fry, Tom Hollander, Toby Jones, Helen McCrory, Jonathan Pryce and Vanessa Redgrave
WORDSWORTH 250: A NIGHT IN WITH THE WORDSWORTHS
Friday 22 May 2020, 6.30pm – 7.25pm (GMT + 1)
Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
A gala performing of William’s poetry and Dorothy’s journals begins our 250th anniversary celebrations with a superstar cast reading work that will include Intimations of Immortality, Daffodills, lines composed both Upon Westminster Bridge and Above Tintern Abbey, The Prelude and We Are Seven. Hosted and introduced by Shahidha Bari.
Click here to register for the event.