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 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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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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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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Kiri Bloom Walden

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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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.

4+
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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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Event W59

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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Event W61

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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Event W62

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

Event HD50

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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Event HD51

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

Event W66

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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Event W69

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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