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 HD46

AF Harrold

Greta Zargo

Venue: Compass

The author and poet discusses his latest series Greta Zargo, which stars a schoolgirl turned detective. He will also talk about the Fizzlebert Stump series, The Imaginary and The Song from Somewhere Else. Bring your imagination and find out what fun words can be.

6+
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Event HD47

Little Black Fish

Hereford College of Arts Puppet Show

Venue: Starlight Stage

Performing Arts degree students from Hereford College of Arts have interpreted a Persian story written by Samad Behrangi, in collaboration with The Fetch Theatre Company, using puppets created especially by Contemporary Design Craft students to create this show about freedom, self-determination, courage and power. It’s about a little fish who dares to swim against the tide. On his way he has many adventures and meets all sorts of creatures that are both wonderful and dangerous.

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Catherine Barr

Red Alert

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Pick a place, choose a creature and help to save it. From scaly pangolins to slippery snakes and cuddly pandas, this local, non-fiction author will share stories of creatures fighting to survive. Discover how scientists are saving our most endangered species from extinction, and what you can do to help.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

7-10
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Ken Wilson-Max

The Drum

Venue: Cube

This is the drum. This is the beat. Clap your hands. Stomp your feet!

Step to the beat with the author and artist Ken Wilson-Max. Feel the rhythm of the drum and discover joy in your heart as you explore this delightful picture-book – guaranteed to get you dancing to the beat. Discover different drums from around the world and how they make you feel and move. Learn to play a simple rhythm and create your own drum to take home.

 

Up to 5 years
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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 HD48

Steve Mould

The Bacteria Book: gross germs, vile viruses and funky fungi

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join the science presenter, YouTube star and author of The Bacteria Book as he introduces the big world of tiny science and microbiology. Through amazing experiments that will make you ‘ooh’ and ‘ew’ in equal measure, budding scientists will learn all about bacteria and their microbial mates, from vile viruses and funky fungi to algae, archaea and protozoa. Discover why bacteria are the most important living organisms on Earth and how they keep our world and our bodies working, from the truly gross and terrifying to the simply amazing.

6+
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Event HD49

Beverley Naidoo

One Story, Many Voices and Cinderella of the Nile

Venue: Starlight Stage

For thousands of years, people have been telling stories that are strikingly similar. Beverley introduces Cinderella of the Nile, a 2,000-year-old Greek version of the familiar folk tale that includes the great storyteller Aesop. Drawing from the stories of her own childhood, she will discuss different Cinderella versions and how stories cross boundaries, making new tales out of the old.

6+
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Catherine Barr

Red Alert

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Pick a place, choose a creature and help to save it. From scaly pangolins to slippery snakes and cuddly pandas, this local, non-fiction author will share stories of creatures fighting to survive. Discover how scientists are saving our most endangered species from extinction, and what you can do to help.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

7-10
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

Express yourself in this West African Drumming workshop with Senegalese Djembes drums, hand percussion and dance. Be prepared to get energetic.
Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-8
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

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Matt Carr

Spyder

Venue: Cube

It’s not easy being a super special secret agent when you’re little…it’s even harder when you’ve got eight legs. Meet the creator of Superbat and Spyder to learn what it takes to be a super spy. Learn how to draw everyone’s favourite eight-legged agent, make your very own spyder puppet and learn some fun facts along the way. 

 

6+
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Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

RSPB Cymru Workshop

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 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

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Ben Lyttleton

Football School Season

Venue: Good Energy Stage

This series of books is based on the simple premise that there is nothing you can’t learn through the prism of football. Whether it’s how the geography of Brazil helps its players acquire the fanciest footwork in the land, or how the biology of digestion helps players plan their meals before a game, there’s so much to discover through the power of the beautiful game. Join the author, journalist and football consultant as he teaches you a lesson or two in this interactive and fact-packed event.

9+
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Victor Dixen, Jenny Valentine, Ene Sepp and Janis Jonevs

International Writing for YA readers

Venue: Starlight Stage

Are themes of childhood and adolescence universal? How are they represented in fiction? Join a panel of YA writers from France, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Latvia and the UK as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing children’s and YA novels in their countries. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

14+
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

Express yourself in this West African Drumming workshop with Senegalese Djembes drums, hand percussion and dance. Be prepared to get energetic.
Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

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Pam Smy

Illustration Workshop: Thornhill

Venue: Cube

In this illustration workshop you will work with Pam Smy to explore the relationship between image and text using pen and ink. Thornhill is an eerie and unforgettable first novel describing parallel stories set 25 years apart, which converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the Thornhill Children’s Institute next door. Presented in both prose and exquisite illustration with pen and ink, it is a haunting exploration of human connection, filled with suspense.

12+
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Event HD52

Dave Shelton

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A great crime mystery exists at the exclusive St Rita’s girls’ boarding school – and that’s not the only odd thing about the school. New girl Daphne loves to read so she heads to the library whenever she can. Here she finds there’s no librarian but there is Emily Lime, the librarian’s assistant. The author shares the secrets of the delightful blend of schools, sleuths and books in this novel.

9+
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

Express yourself in this West African Drumming workshop with Senegalese Djembes drums, hand percussion and dance. Be prepared to get energetic.
Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT


12+
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Matt Sewell

Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures

Venue: Cube

Join the wildlife author and artist as he unravels the many amazing types of prehistoric creatures in his stunning new book.  Discover incredible facts about notorious dinosaurs and their lesser-known cousins and learn how to draw them in his glorious, humorous style.

 

6+
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Event HD53

Steve Jackson and Charlie Higson

Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join blockbuster Fighting Fantasy creators and long-time fan Charlie Higson to hear all about the new gamebook adventure. Higson brings his own brand of heart-stopping action, monsters and page-turning plotting to Allansia – expect the unexpected.

9+
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Cathy Cassidy

Love from Lexie

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the author of the Chocolate Box Girls series as she shares her top tips on friendship and daydreaming. Plus, hear about Love from Lexie, the first book in her heart-warming new series, The Lost and Found. Includes a fun, interactive quiz to find out which character you would be.

9+
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Event HD55

Jon Roberts

Through the Eyes of Me

Venue: Cube

Welcome to the world of Kya, who loves to run, read and eat ice cream. This is a joyful picture-book describing the everyday life of a child with autism, and helps people of all ages recognise certain behaviour, appreciate thoughts and feelings, and learn how to communicate with people with autism. The author joins Inclusive Minds’ Alexandra Strick to discuss and read from Jon’s book in this accessible, relaxed and interactive event. The book is based on the author’s own daughter, and children in the audience will have the chance to share the ideas, views and experiences that they would like to see in a story.

6+
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Jon Roberts

Event HD95

Bookseller YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award

A Change is Gonna Come

Venue: Compass

This year's YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award recognises Stripes Publishing's BAME anthology, A Change is Gonna Come, as one of the most important YA books published last year. Join contributing authors Tanya Byrne, Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence as they discuss their stories, featuring hidden figures of the past, a dystopian warning, and underrepresented contemporary romance. This will be a lively discussion about the book’s call-to-arms to improve inclusivity and the kind of stories readers miss out on if writers of colour are overlooked.

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Event HD56

M.A. Bennett, Will Hill and Sally Nicholls talk to Chelsey Pippin

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the shortlisted authors of S.T.A.G.S, a twisting thriller set in an exclusive boarding school, After the Fire, a scary but uplifting story about surviving life in a cult, and Things A Bright Girl Can Do, a coming of age story of two girls who are caught up in the new movements to empower at the beginning of the twentieth century. The writers discuss the unwritten rules of adolescence and the courage and power it takes to survive it.

14+
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