Hay Festival HAYDAYS for families and children

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Event HD26

Jeremy Strong

Armadillo and Hare

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join cardigan-wearing Armadillo and tuba-playing Hare along with their bestselling creator Jeremy Strong as they ponder the meaning of life and cheese sandwiches! Jeremy will be talking about his inspiration for this new collection of funny tales, and the generally strange life of the writer.

6+
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Event HD27

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Barry the Fish with Fingers

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet for a brand new singing-and-prancing show. Supertato and Barry the Fish with Fingers are back and this time they are joined by new friends, Cake and Snowball. Find out more about their fun-filled stories in this mad-capped interactive and veg-tastic event.

3+
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Event HD28

Discover Story Building

Bear Hunt

Venue: Cube

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) as they swish-swash, splash-splosh, squelch-squerch, stumble-trip and tiptoe their way through this classic adventure from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Help celebrate the 30th year of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this interactive storytelling event.

0–3 – older siblings welcome
30 mins
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Event W52

NMiTE (New Model in Technology and Engineering)

Ingenuity Flash

Venue: Ingenuity Studio 1

Join us in NMiTE’s Studio 1, a hi-tech refurbished shipping container, to explore ideas through making. Experience how highly creative and technological engineering can be. NMiTE is located in Hereford and aims to be the city’s first university with a focus on engineering.
Sign up at the venue for 10am, 11.30am or 1pm. Ingenuity Studio 1 free drop-in sessions for families take place between 2.30pm and 5pm, Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June. 

9–18
Parental consent required for under 11s
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Event HD29

Reimagined Fairytales with Jessie Burton

The Restless Girls

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Think you know all about fairytales ? Think again! Join bestselling author Jessie Burton as she discusses The Restless Girls: the "wild, wise, generous" and "ferocious" retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses with Claire Armitstead from the Guardian. Imagine a fairytale that doesn't need a dashing prince to save the day. A dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale for the modern world, The Restless Girls is a timeless story of family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery.

6+
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Event HD30

Ali Sparkes

Nightwalker

Venue: Starlight Stage

How did you sleep last night? Not well if you’re a Night Speaker, cursed with insomnia but also gifted with the power to speak any language – human or animal. Or maybe you chose to stay awake because, like self-styled vampire Spin, the shadows are the only place you’re safe… Join Ali Sparkes for a journey through the midnight world of Nightwalker Spin and his strange love-hate relationship with the Night Speakers. Be ready to supply sound effects, get hypnotised, shout fabulous foreign words… and find out what it’s really like to be destroyed by daylight

9+
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Event HD31

Discover Story Building

Perfectly Norman

Venue: Cube

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) to explore picture book Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. In this interactive event children will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret. Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for each child to complete and take home.

4–7
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Event W53

HCA Illustration Workshop 1

Working with Nature

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration students to create exciting and inventive images based on the natural world. Explore ideas about the world around us, and how we can share these with everyone else who inhabits this planet, including animals, insects, plants and sea life. Have fun making 2D and 3D creations using a wide variety of materials.

6–8
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD32

Onjali Q Raúf, Sita Brahmachari and Emma Taylor

Refugees: Realities and representations

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join authors Onjali Q Raúf, Sita Brahmachari and Emma Taylor from Book Aid International as they discuss the realities of refugees’ experiences and how they’re represented in literature. From general ideas like kindness and friendliness, to more practical advice like raising money and which donated household goods refugee camps are most in need of. Chaired by Farrah Serroukh, who leads the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s Reflecting Realities research project.

9+
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Event HD33

Discover Story Building

Bear Hunt

Venue: Cube

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) as they swish-swash, splash-splosh, squelch-squerch, stumble-trip and tiptoe their way through this classic adventure from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Help celebrate the 30th year of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this interactive storytelling event.

0–3 – older siblings welcome
30 mins
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Event W55

HCA Illustration Workshop 2

Working with Nature

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration students to create exciting and inventive images based on the natural world. Explore ideas about the world around us, and how we can share these with everyone else who inhabits this planet, including animals, insects, plants and sea life. Have fun making 2D and 3D creations using a wide variety of materials.

9-11
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD34

Professor Robert Winston

Ask a Scientist

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Do you have a puzzling science question that you have always wanted to know the answer to? In his new book Ask a Scientist, Professor Robert Winston answers over 100 curious questions from children around the world, such as ‘How do dogs cry?’, ‘Why do the stars twinkle?’ and ‘Why don’t jellyfish get their tentacles in a tangle?’ Join Robert as he explains the science behind some of the most bizarre and intriguing questions he’s ever been asked – you can even send in your own question for Robert to answer on the day!

Click here to submit your question.

6+
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Event HD35

CLiPPA Poetry Award

Shortlist announcement

Venue: Starlight Stage

An energetic poetry show celebrating the shortlist for CLiPPA 2019. Join poet and 2019 CLiPPA Chair of Judges AF Harrold, 2018 CLiPPA shortlisted poet Ruth Awolola and previous CLiPPA winner Rachel Rooney for a conversation about the magic and power of poetry for all - and hear more about this year's shortlist. Former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell will live illustrate throughout.

Photo: Ellie Kurttz
9+
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Event HD36

Discover Story Building

Perfectly Norman

Venue: Cube

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) to explore picture book Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. In this interactive event children will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret. Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for each child to complete and take home.

4–7
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Event W57

HCA Illustration Workshop 3

Working with Nature

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration students to create exciting and inventive images based on the natural world. Explore ideas about the world around us, and how we can share these with everyone else who inhabits this planet, including animals, insects, plants and sea life. Have fun making 2D and 3D creations using a wide variety of materials.

11–13
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD37

Lauren St John and Piers Torday

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case and The Lost Magician

Venue: Starlight Stage

Lauren St John grew up surrounded by animals on a farm and a game reserve in Zimbabwe while Piers Torday was introduced to nature by being taken on storytelling walks in the forests of Northumberland by his father. Since then both have been passionate about animals, their environments and the need to protect them. Join Lauren and Piers as they discuss their books and the importance for all of saving animals from extinction, in conversation with Professor Ben Garrod, author of The Chimpanzee and Me.

9+
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