Hay Festival Aarhus Books

We asked each of the Aarhus39 authors to write an original story on the theme of “journey”. These new stories, together with the specially commissioned illustrations that accompany them, are a celebration of great new writing for young people and reflect issues facing them in contemporary Europe.

Edited by Daniel Hahn, Quest (9–11 years) and Odyssey (YA) encourage readers to experience lives lived in other countries and broaden their horizons. These two books are a rare example of literature in translation for young people.

To buy copies of the Aarhus39 Anthologies Quest and Odyssey please visit your local bookshop or visit Alma Books. Enter the code ‘HAYFRIENDS30’ at the checkout to receive an exclusive discount.

Download our teaching resources here:

Odyssey classroom resource

Quest classroom resource

Imagine a Journey worksheet

At Hay Festival in Wales in 2017 Kamila Slocinska was Hay Festival/British Council Illustrator in Residence – see some of the illustrations made on her visit.