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 HD33

Adam Frost

Animal Quiz

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The author of The Awesome Book of Animals wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.

6+
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Event HD34

Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew

Gaspard the Fox

Venue: Starlight Stage

This is a charming and humorous picture-book celebrating urban foxes and their relationship with the humans and animals with whom they share the city. Hear about them from the BBC broadcaster and author, and learn how to draw one with the illustrator. Book signing includes a paw-print from Gaspard.

3+
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Event HD96

Authors4Oceans

Venue: Compass

Join legendary illustrator Jackie Morris (The Lost Words and The Seal Children), authors Nicola Davies (A First Book of the Sea and LOTS: The Diversity of Life on Earth), M.G. Leonard (Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles) and Lauren St John (Dolphin Song and Kat Wolfe Investigates) for a special event.  All four are part of Authors4Oceans, founded by Lauren St John to inspire the book industry, and young and old readers, to tackle plastic pollution and other marine conservation issues. There will be live drawing and tales about dolphin rescues, humpback whales, coral reef diving and the power of storytelling and illustration to spark action to save our seas.

9+
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Event W49

Craft Workshops with Ruskin Mill

Autism, Creativity and Engagement: Celebrating Neurodiversity

Venue: Mess Tent

Have a go at Green Woodwork, Pottery and Weaving and find out what our craft-based Practical Skills Therapeutic Education brings to autistic young people. Talk with students, craft tutors and staff. Ruskin Mill Trust is a unique educational charity inspired by the insights of Rudolf Steiner and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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Event HD35

Steven Butler and Steven Lenton

The Nothing To See Here Hotel

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author and the illustrator welcome you to check in to The Nothing To See Here Hotel – occupied by magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. This series features energetic storytelling from Butler while Lenton will draw you into the adventure as he sketches the characters live on stage and gives you tips on how to create your own magical establishment.

6+
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Event HD36

Andy Mulligan talks to Claire Armitstead

Dog

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and author of Trash as he discusses his most recent book, the story of the changing relationship that develops between a boy and his new dog, Spider. Spider helps Tom manage things when his life at home and at school is spinning out of control and in return Tom gives Spider all the love and attention he needs. Both grow stronger as a result. Dog is a book about trust, standing up for yourself, and learning to love.

9+
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Event W51

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Event W52

Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

RSPB Cymru Workshops

Venue: Wild Garden

Come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding in and among the leaves, logs and long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a unique colour collage. Materials provided. Meet at the RSPB Cymru stand.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

Family
Free but ticketed
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Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event HD37

Kevin Crossley Holland and Francesca Simon

Norse Myths: Tales of Thor, Loki and Odin

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join these master storytellers in their modern interpretations of the Norse myths. Kevin draws on his study of the mythology to bring together these great stories in a stunningly illustrated anthology. While equally well versed in the myths but taking greater liberties with them, Francesca's vibrant re-workings, including The Lost Gods and The Monstrous Child, and her picture-book Hack and Wack, show how resonant the old stories are today. Chaired by Sian Cain.

9+
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Event HD38

Jim Smith

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Lollies winner, for a session of stories, laughs and draw-alongs. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry Loser and his mates as well as drawing live portraits of the audience.

7+
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Event HD39

Jen Lunn

Read for Good: Secrets of the Storytelling Universe

Venue: Cube

Unleash your inner Shakespeare by joining the professional storyteller to discover the secrets of telling a good tale. In this interactive creative session you'll put into practice techniques used by the greatest storytellers of all time, and develop the skills you need to keep your friends entertained. Plus, who knows? You might even find a bestseller up your sleeve. Jen Lunn works with Read for Good to bring the magic of storytelling to children in hospital and to develop bespoke story workshops for schools. She has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create performances, podcasts and digital books.

4+
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Event W53

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-10
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Event HD40

Chris Bradford

Bodyguard: Fugitive

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author launches his new book, Fugitive, with a high-energy, immersive experience and live performance. Teen bodyguards Charley and Connor protect the world’s high-profile figures in the most testing of situations. But when the bodyguard is the target, who protects him or her? Learn bodyguard skills from the author (trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship) before putting these skills to the test. Will you spot the killer in the crowd?

9+
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Event HD41

Katherine Rundell and Lauren St John

Storytelling and the Influences of Childhood

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join these two brilliant writers as they discuss their titles The Girl Savage and The Explorer, and Kat Wolfe Investigates and The Snow Angel and the influence that their childhoods growing up in Zimbabwe had on their writing. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

9+
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Event HD42

Jen Lunn

Read for Good: Secrets of the Storytelling Universe

Venue: Cube

Unleash your inner Shakespeare by joining the professional storyteller to discover the secrets of telling a good tale. In this interactive creative session you'll put into practice techniques used by the greatest storytellers of all time, and develop the skills you need to keep your friends entertained. Plus, who knows? You might even find a bestseller up your sleeve. Jen Lunn works with Read for Good to bring the magic of storytelling to children in hospital and to develop bespoke story workshops for schools. She has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create performances, podcasts and digital books.

4+
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Event W54

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

11-14
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Event HD43

Francesca Simon, Steven Butler, Gwen Lowe

Big, bad Characters for Big Adventures

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace already have a great reputation for badness. Alice Dent is busy making one. Join broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes for a discussion with their creators about why these larger-than-life characters are so popular.

9+
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Event HD44

Kevin Crossley Holland, Beverley Naidoo, Will Hill, A. F. Harrold

Missing out on medals

Venue: Starlight Stage

Previous CILIP Carnegie medal winners Kevin Crossley Holland and Beverley Naidoo join two authors who have been longlisted and shortlisted for the 2018 for a look at some of the classic titles which missed out on the coveted medal. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

12 +
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Event W55

Kiri Bloom Walden

Dissecting Vertigo

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Using a single scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo you can explore how a film-maker brings together camera technique, sound, mise en scene and script to tell a story. Dissecting a scene enables us to see how the director controls the flow of information and manipulates the cinema audience. Learning to ‘read’ a film in this way is the first step to a wider understanding of narrative film. Kiri Bloom Walden is a published film author and teaches film and cultural studies at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education.

16-18
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Event HD45

Cat Clarke and Juno Dawson

"We Are Young" and "Clean"

Venue: Starlight Stage

Cat Clarke’s thriller We Are Young and Juno Dawson’s Clean – a novel of addiction, bullying and gender identity – are powerful examples of YA fiction. Join the writers and two members of the Hay Festival Youth Council, for a discussion of their books and the scope of YA fiction, why they are excited to write it and why it is so influential and popular with readers. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.

14+
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