Hay Festival HAYDAYS for families and children

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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.

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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
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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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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.

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Event HD38

A Bottle of Happiness

A Hereford College of Arts Production

Venue: Starlight Stage

A Bottle of Happiness is a joyous and resonant story about the gift of sharing, written by Pippa Goodhart and illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi. Performing Arts, Music and Contemporary Design Craft students from Hereford College of Arts have teamed up with Tiny Owl Publishing and Claire Coache from Open Sky to bring the story to life on stage as a playful, uplifting and creative performance accompanied by original music.

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Event HD39

Joseph Coelho

A Year of Nature Poems

Venue: Compass Studio

Join Joseph Coelho on a fabulous poetic journey writing poems about the seasons, from stinging jellyfish to scrumping apples from trees. Find out how he uses memory and the world around him to inspire poems, and discover the true stories behind many of the poems in his latest book A Year of Nature Poems.

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Event HD40

Yuval Zommer

The Big Book of Birds

Venue: Cube

Why is a flamingo pink? Can a parrot talk? Join Yuval to find out about some of the world’s most magnificent feathered creatures. His introductory talk will be followed by an illustration session, where you can create unique feathered friends of your own.

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Aušra Kiudulaitė 1

The Fox on the Swing

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join award-winning Lithuanian illustrator Aušra Kiudulaitė for a crafty collaging workshop based on the beautiful children’s book The Fox on the Swing. Create dazzling artwork with Aušra’s help and join Paul and the fox on their fascinating journey of discovery and friendship.

3+
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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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 HD41

Michelle Paver talks to Daniel Hahn

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The novelist discusses her six-book Wolf Brother series, set among a forest clan in a prehistoric Northern Europe. Torak’s tale is a terrifying quest in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. One of the great masterpieces of children’s fiction, The Chronicles are to continue in three new titles launching with The Viper’s Daughter in spring 2020.

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Michelle Paver talks to Daniel Hahn

Event HD42

Sheila Kanani

How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

Have you ever dreamed of going into space? What about becoming an astronaut, walking on the moon or searching for alien life? Or becoming a space chef? Explore the wonders of space with Sheila Kanani, a space cadet whose head is always up in the clouds even though her feet are firmly on planet Earth. Full of fun facts, top tips and space shenanigans!

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Event HD43

Owen Davey

Smart Sharks and Fanatical Frogs

Venue: Cube

A workshop with illustrator Owen Davey exploring how to draw frogs, cats and a whole host of different animals using shapes and simplification. Sketch along with him using your own skills and creativity.

6+
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Aušra Kiudulaitė 2

The Fox on the Swing

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join award-winning Lithuanian illustrator Aušra Kiudulaitė for a crafty collaging workshop based on the beautiful children’s book The Fox on the Swing. Create dazzling artwork with Aušra’s help and join Paul and the fox on their fascinating journey of discovery and friendship.

3+
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD44

Jessica Townsend

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Venue: Compass Studio

Expect magic, mayhem and more when you join the Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow author as she talks about her new book. A publishing sensation, the infectiously entertaining and deliciously dark series is winning fans and awards across the globe.

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Event HD89

Ben Garrod

The Chimpanzee & Me

Venue: Cube

Join Professor Ben Garrod as he shares some of his amazing experiences from a lifetime of studying chimps all over the world, from eastern chimps in the humid forests of Uganda to the critically endangered western chimps of Liberia. Ben describes the different threats that chimpanzees face, including the dangers of the illegal international pet trade and the effects of relentless habitat loss – not to mention how your new furniture, your toothpaste and even your mobile phone are all implicated in their falling numbers.

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Kiri Bloom Walden

Adaptation from novel to screen

Venue: Scribblers Hut

This workshop will look at adaptation – how novels, plays and short stories become films. We’ll unpick the process of how this is done – from padding out some texts to cutting down others. How does film represent the ideas of the text without losing the style of the author? We’ll look in detail at examples including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Jane Eyre, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, before having a go ourselves at adapting a text from novel to screenplay.

16–18
1 hour 30 mins
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Kiri Bloom Walden

Event HD46

Roger McGough and Little Machine

Epic!

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

An afternoon of poems, songs, rhymes, drawings and jokes for children and their elders and betters and worsers with ‘the patron saint of poetry’ and his band, the delightful masters of poetry and song. As always, his poems are full of wit and wisdom, with word play, puns and sharp observations on all aspects of life. Come and savour a slice of this brand new poetry pie!

Family – 6+
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Event HD47

Holly Smale in conversation with Laura Dockrill

The Valentines

Venue: Starlight Stage

Holly Smale, author of the Geek Girl series, introduces The Valentines, a brand new series with a new cast of characters: sisters Hope, Faith and Mercy. The sisters seem to have everything: fame, success, money, beauty and a family steeped in movie star heritage. Except real-life isn’t like the movies, is it? Holly will be in conversation with Laura Dockrill, author of Big Bones and Lorali.

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Poetry Comics Workshop

Venue: Cube

Join poet Eric Ngalle Charles and artist Nicky Arscott for a unique art workshop experimenting with words and pictures, and exploring identity, language and storytelling to create your own personal poetry comic.

11 - 16
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Event HD45

Gal-dem

Leah Cowan, Nina Dahmani and Kuba Shand-Baptiste

Venue: Compass Studio

Join Leah Cowan, Nina Dahmani and Kuba Shand-Baptiste, three inspiring writers from the award-winning magazine gal-dem, created by a group of women and non-binary people of colour to address inequality and misrepresentation in the media by creating a space for everyone to enjoy. They will talk about their debut book for teens I Will Not Be Erased: Our Stories About Growing Up As People of Colour and how their game-changing collective began. Come and join this talented group for a witty and insightful chat about growing up, politics, race, mental health, love, activism and anything in between.

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Event HD48

Chris Ryan

Special Forces Cadets

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

Chris Ryan, ex-SAS hero turned author, introduces his brand new action packed series Special Forces Cadets, which is inspired by his fascinating real-life army experiences. A top-secret government programme needs a crack team of undercover military operators. They must have awesome levels of determination, endurance and fitness. And in order to operate in circumstances where adult forces would be compromised, the recruits must be under sixteen. Only a few are tough enough and smart enough to make it… And once out in the field, they will require all their skills just to stay alive.

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Event HD49

Authors4Oceans: How Children and Stories Can Save Our Vanishing World

Jasbinder Bilan, Nicola Davies, Lauren St John and Yuval Zommer

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join four Authors4Oceans writers to discover how you can save species large and small, on shore and off. Authors Lauren St John, Nicola Davies, Jasbinder Bilan and illustrator Yuval Zommer combine their passion for wildlife and its conservation with their writing and illustrating. They will discuss how that comes together in their books, including Kat Wolfe Takes the Case, When the Whales Walked, Asha and the Spirit Bird and The Big Book of the Blue.

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Event HD50

Juno Dawson, Laura Dockrill and Fiona Shaw

The Bookseller YA Book Prize Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction for young adults every year. Join shortlisted authors Juno Dawson (Clean), Laura Dockrill (Big Bones) and Fiona Shaw (Outwalkers) for a discussion of their books and the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Anna James.

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Event HD51

Karine Polwart & Kate Leiper

A Wee Bird Was Watching

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join award-winning songwriter and debut children’s writer Karine Polwart and acclaimed illustrator Kate Leiper as they share their new picture book, A Wee Bird Was Watching. Through music and drawing, discover an enchanted woodland of delights in a story that is a wonderful tale of resilience, kindness and courage.

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