Thank you for coming to Hay Festival 2017

Welcome to our HAYDAYS programme full of exciting events for children and young families. We look forward to seeing you in Hay.

You can view the main programme here.

Event S2

Ben Saunders

The role of solar in the life of a modern day explorer

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

The celebrated British Polar explorer, Land Rover ambassasor and Ladybird author talks about the importance of solar in his 2013-14 expedition – a 1,800-mile return journey to the South Pole on foot that broke the record for the longest ever polar journey on foot - retracing the steps of Captain Scott's 1911-12 Terra Nova expedition, and shares a reading of his upcoming Ladybird book, Shackleton, in which he brings to life the history, dangers and challenges of Shackleton's Endurance expedition.

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Event HD18

Sue Wallman and Bali Rai

See How They Lie and Web of Darkness

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join top YA authors as they discuss their recent books, and the ways in which they capture the complex emotions of adolescence and the secrets that need to be kept hidden. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

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12+
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Sue Wallman and Bali Rai

Event W10

Illustration Workshops with the University of Worcester

Venue: Cube

Join award-winning children’s illustrators Piet Grobler and Tobias Hickey and have a go at creating your own character. Get inside information about how illustrators bring life to children’s picture books by taking part in a choice of activities.

6+
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Event HD19

Ben Cort

Aliens Love Underpants

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Aliens, dinosaurs, monsters, pirates – everyone loves underpants. Join the illustrator who helped to create Aliens Love Underpants and celebrate its tenth anniversary. Watch as Ben brings the aliens to life in this interactive event suitable for all the family. And catch a special guest appearance from somewhere far away. Alien fans can come dressed in their favourite alien outfit or in funny pants.

3+
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Ben Cort

Event HD20

3000 Chairs

Venue: Cube

Come and experience this uplifting and immersive show about a refugee child and the extraordinary power of kindness. The performance is produced especially for Hay Festival by Hereford College of Arts and Open Sky Theatre Company, working with writer Nicola Davies to adapt for the stage her poem, The Day War Came.

9+
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3000 Chairs

Event W11

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and HCA to colour and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 3-7
2 hours
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Event S3

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event W12

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3-7
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Event HD21

Robert Winston

My Amazing Body Machine

Venue: Tata Tent

Did you know that there are 29 bones in your head including six tiny ear bones that help you hear? From the structure of the skeleton to the importance of the respiratory system, Professor Robert Winston explains the working of every part of the human body – the most complex machine on Earth.

9+
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Robert Winston

Event HD22

Julia Donaldson and The Giant Jumperee

Working with Helen Oxenbury and other illustrators

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Julia Donaldson discussing the creation of The Giant Jumperee. Chaired by Children’s Director Julia Eccleshare.

9–adult
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Julia Donaldson and The Giant Jumperee

Event HD23

Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy’s Gold

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The ever-popular Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in now deep in the desert on a mission to return a sack of stolen Egyptian gold back to its rightful owner. Join the writer for a musical, storytelling journey. There are mummies, pharaohs and a live performance of songs from the Sir Charlie Stinky Socks books.

3+
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Kristina Stephenson

Event W13

Seed your ideas with Emma Beynon

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Creative writing sessions with activities to help your stories grow. Come and explore your creativity with Emma Beynon, who she has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and has an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Age 9-11
2 hours
Free but ticketed
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Event W14

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing's for sure... mud will fly!

Age 8-11
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Event W15

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and HCA to colour and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 8-11
2 hours
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Event HD24

Judith Kerr

Mr Cleghorn’s Seal

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Based on a true story about Judith Kerr’s father, Alfred Kerr, who once took in an abandoned seal pup, this life-affirming tale is told with Judith’s signature wit, warmth and keen eye for the absurd. She reminds us all that you’re never too old for a brand new life filled with love and laughter. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

There will be no book-signing after this event, but signed book plates will be available with every book sold in the Festival Bookshop.

6+
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Judith Kerr

Event HD25

Tony Robinson

The Worst Children’s Jobs in History

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Ever thought life was hard? Sir Tony Robinson goes back in time to when being a child was no excuse for idleness, bringing alive the stinking, back-breaking jobs that children did as jigger-turners, turnip-pickers, matchbox-makers and more.

9+
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Tony Robinson

Event HD26

Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

Perfect

Venue: Cube

Author and zoologist Nicola Davies and illustrator/artist Cathy Fisher introduce swifts – amazing birds that sleep and eat on the wing and never stop flying. Learn how to look out for them, listen for their cries and how to tell if they might be nesting where you live. Help Cathy draw a swift, see how she made the stunning artwork for Perfect, and listen to a story about how swifts helped a boy to understand his new baby sister.

3+
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Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

Event W16

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing's for sure... mud will fly!

Age 12+
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Event HD27

Michael Rosen

Jelly Boots/Uncle Gobb

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Jelly Boots is a riotous celebration of words – silly words, funny words, new words, old words, words you only use in your own family and the very best words in the right order. Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads is the second uproarious Uncle Gobb adventure. Join Michael Rosen for an introduction to these and others of his much-loved and amazing stories.

6+
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Michael Rosen

Event HD28

Lucy Worsley

My Name is Victoria

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the acclaimed historian as she vividly tells the story of the childhood of Queen Victoria, growing up hidden from public view. There will be stories, facts, and even the chance to become part of history by joining in a living timeline complete with props.

9+
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Event W17

BIG Hay Festival Creative Writing Adventure with Emma Beynon

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Drop in writing sessions to create a collaborative poem, with different themes every day. Come and explore your creativity with Emma Beynon, who has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Family event
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Event W18

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and HCA to colour and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 12+
2 hours
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Event W19

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

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Event HD29

Scarlett Thomas

Dragon’s Green

Venue: Cube

Dive into The Worldquake Sequence and enjoy travelling with Effie on her journey from a School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange to the dangerous Otherworld to retrieve a magical book. The author will discuss the creation of her richly imagined fantasy world and the fabulous characters who live in it.

9+
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Scarlett Thomas

Event HD30

Jacqueline Wilson

Wave Me Goodbye

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join Jacqueline Wilson as she introduces her new book, set in the Second World War. She will also discuss how she started her writing career and created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.

There will be no book signing after this event but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with every book bought in the Festival Bookshop.

Age 9+
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Jacqueline Wilson

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