Sinead O'Connor and King Lear among festival highlights

Sinead O'Connor Credit: PA

Singer Sinead O'Connor and We Need To Talk About Kevin author Lionel Shriver are among the big names announced for this year's Brighton Festival.

Performances of Beowolf, Faust, The Kite Runner and King Lear, as well as appearances by dance music heroes Fatboy Slim and Beardyman, are also among the highlights.

Guest director Michael Rosen, who will also be appearing, said: "It is a massive privilege for me to be a guest director of Brighton Festival. I believe in the chemistry of it, the way it will get the whole city talking and wondering."

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Brighton Festival launch

The Brighton Festival is being launched with former Children's Laureate, poet, writer and broadcaster Michael Rosen as guest director.