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New Directions and New Adventures for Young People

Hay Festival Compass is a space to learn, be inspired and discover. For imaginative learning resources, internships and free access to some of the world’s best speakers, join us on site and online.

Hay Levels

The Hay Levels YouTube Channel features bite-size lessons from the world’s most inspiring academics and speakers, including Richard Dawkins, Germaine Greer, Simon Schama and Angie Hobbs. Watch online here or come to the Hay Festival Compass Tent.

Hay Levels
Hay Levels Live

New for 2016: Got a tricky question about an A Level subject? Hay Levels Live will feature panels of amazing speakers who can answer the questions you have been dying to ask. Join our audience in the Hay Festival Compass Tent for the first live science webinar on Friday 27May at 2.30pm or watch the broadcast here and join the conversation.

Hay Levels Live
Next Step University?

Is University your next big step? Some of the festival speakers who research and teach at our top universities will be dropping by to talk about their work and to talk to GCSE and A-level students about University life and opportunities.  There'll be six or seven 20-minute sessions a day.  You can find the full listing HERE.

Everyone's welcome.  Come and meet the teachers.  It's all free, thanks to the Welsh Government support. . 

Reading in Hay Festival Bookshop
Hay Compass Blog

New for 2016: Do you have a passion for writing? Join the Hay Compass Blog and every month we will ask you to respond to a monthly ‘prompt’ – it could be an image, passage of text or an idea – and send us your best response in essay, prose, article or poetic form. We’ll select and publish the best. To find out more, join our Hay Compass writers’ mailing list, or contact compass@hayfestival.com.

Blue Peter Book Awards in the Hay Festival Bookshop
Hay Festival Academy:Internships and Work Experience

Hay Festival Academy is our internship and work experience programme for 18-25 year-olds. We offer high-quality learning opportunities for photographers, journalists, film-makers, production crew and live arts event management at the Festival. Interns can work in press and media, with artists in the Green Room or film and photograph some of our biggest events. Click here for more information.

Stephen Fry at Hay Festival
Special Projects

The Beacons Project gives A-Level students from across Wales the opportunity to come to the festival and join a specially created programme of creative writing, learning and participation. Be inspired by great writers and the fabulous landscape around Hay-on-Wye, and learn with brilliant tutors. Applications are co-ordinated by the Welsh Government Department for Education. For more information click here or email compass@hayfestival.com.

Hay Festival queuing for an event
And finally…..Students come free to the Festival!

If you are in full-time Further Education, you are entitled to free tickets for up to five events*. Call the Box Office on 01497 822 629 on or after 3 May. You will need to have your first and second choice event numbers and a credit or debit card to pay a £10 deposit – refunded when you collect your tickets and present your valid student ID.

*subject to T & Cs

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Follow #Compass for the programme and updates on writing for young adults. This is where you will find reading recommendations and the latest award-winning writers.

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