Hay Festival HAYDAYS for families and children

Welcome to the Haydays programme, we have lots of events for children and families to enjoy together, including more workshops than ever before. Children aged 11 or older may attend events or workshops on their own. Children aged 10 or younger must be accompanied by an adult (aged 16 or older) at all times, including during events. Adults will need to buy a ticket for children's events, unless otherwise stated. Babes in arms do not require tickets. We look forward to seeing you all at the festival.

Event HD22

Nick Sharratt

You Choose in Space

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the illustrator and author on an intergalactic adventure as he celebrates his fabulous new picture-book You Choose in Space.  He will be doing lots of drawing, playing Space-themed games and you can help him invent some brand new Space creatures. Fancy dress encouraged – astronauts and Space monsters are most welcome.

3+
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Event W34

Ambient Literature

Writing Workshop

Venue: Cube

Join writer Tom Abba to make your own ambient stories from words, audio and objects. You will be introduced to writing techniques that will help you craft stories from the world around you, and rethink your relationship with the phone in your pocket. (It would be helpful, but not essential, to bring a smartphone.) The Ambient Literature Project brings a newly written piece, especially for Hay Festival: Words We Never Wrote, by Tom Abba and Alyssia White, exploring the meaning of writing, language and storytelling. This piece is set on the first floor of Richard Booth's Bookshop in the centre of Hay and will be accessible throughout the Festival. Two other works will be available – Kate Pullinger’s Breathe, and Duncan Speakman’s  It Must Have Been Dark By Then.

14-18
90 mins
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Event W35

Anthony Anaxagorou

Poetry workshops

Venue: Scribblers Hut

How do we write poetry about the familiar? The subject may be your back garden, your local coffee shop or your country of origin. In this poetry masterclass, participants will look at ways in which they can gather important information to build a narrative around place. They will learn how to distil vital aspects and convert subjective ideas into poems. All abilities welcome.

11-16
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Event HD23

Judith Kerr talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fifty years of The Tiger who Came to Tea

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.

6-Adult
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Event HD24

Will Mabbitt

Embassy of the Dead

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The writer introduces the first title in his spookily thrilling new series. Everything about Embassy of the Dead is terrifying as Jake discovers when he opens a strange box and finds a severed finger inside. How will he escape being dragged into the Eternal Void? Join the discussion on creating a world where the living meet the dead.

9+
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Event HD25

Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers – Hetty Feather Series

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join us for an afternoon with the much-loved author and discover how she started her writing career and created some of her most popular characters, then hear about her brand new book, Rose Rivers.

9+
There will be signed bookplates available for book sales in the Bookshop.
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Event HD26

Ed Vere

How to Be a Lion

Venue: Starlight Stage

You don't need to roar to be heard...Join author and illustrator Ed Vere for a fantastic storytelling event celebrating daydreamers, quiet courage and the importance of being true to yourself. Ed will be live drawing characters from his new book and introducing children to the charms of Leonard the Lion and his best friend Marianne, who just happens to be a duck. 
A fun, thought-provoking and interactive event for children and their parents!

3+
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Ed Vere

Event W40

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

8-10
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Event HD27

Michael Morpurgo in conversation with Peter Florence

Venue: Tata Tent

The Director of Hay Festival talks to the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful. They discuss in particular his latest book Flamingo Boy, set during the Second World War in the Camargue region of France. The book is inspired by his grandson.

Family
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Event HD28

Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

A Skinful of Shadows

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A unique opportunity to hear from the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree, as she talks about her new novel, an historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.

12+
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Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

Event W43

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

8-10
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Event HD29

Robin Ince and Christopher Edge

Science in Stories: The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the stand-up comedian and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, as they tackle questions of science and creativity, puzzling over mysteries such as black holes, the Big Bang and the nature of reality as explored in their books The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I.

9+
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Event HD30

Steve Lenton and Tracey Corderoy

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the creators of the lovable ex-robbers turned bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. Hear all about their latest adventures in this fun-packed event full of storytelling, fun participation and laugh-out-loud games.

6+
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Event W45

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

11-13
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Event HD31

Juno Dawson

Clean

Venue: Cube

The top YA author is widely recognised for her skill in writing powerful stories that include some of the most difficult issues facing YA readers today. Clean is a gripping and moving story that realistically tackles a broad range of issues including drug addiction, gender identity and mental health. In conversation with Amy Forbes-Robertson.

14+
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Event W47

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

14+
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Event HD32

Tom Abba, Joanna Walsh, Alyssia White and Emma Nuttall

Ambient Literature and the Future of Storytelling

Venue: Compass

Join the Ambient Literature team and their guests for a discussion exploring the role that digital technologies can play in creating literary experiences that go beyond the page. The ubiquitous smartphone and new digital platforms offer writers and designers the opportunity to explore how we might incorporate new technologies and new stories.

14-Adult
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Tom Abba, Joanna Walsh, Alyssia White and Emma Nuttall

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