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 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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Event HD54

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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Event HD57

Sarah Crossan

Moonrise

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Sarah is the author of five YA books including The Weight of Water, One, and her latest, Moonrise. She has a passion for words: written and spoken, poetry and prose. Join the star of the YA fiction scene for an entertaining and sometimes emotional conversation about her literary heroes, inspiration, research and more. Sarah Crossan will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Associate Editor, Culture for the Guardian News & Media. Little Black Fish celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

12+
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Event HD58

Bruce Ingman

My Worst Book Ever!

Venue: Starlight Stage

The illustrator reveals all the things that went wrong in the making of his picture-book. In this case, the author had a great idea for a story about a crocodile, but, even when he was writing it, the manuscript got soaked with tea and nibbled by snails. And that was just the start...

5+
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Event HD59

Discover Story Building

So Much!

Venue: Cube

Ding Dong! Auntie, Uncle, Nannie and the whole family are here and they all want to kiss, cuddle and squeeze you. Come and listen to a heart-warming family story by Trish Cooke from the Discover Children’s Story Centre.

30 mins
Up to 3 (older siblings welcome)
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Event W76

Bushra Alahmadi, Klaudia Krawiecka, Saumya Jetley

Inspire!: Robotics workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

An exciting workshop with plenty of hands-on activities and exciting coding challenges for parents and children who will work together and code Sphero SPRK+ robot to dance to their favourite song. Children will then code their Spheros to race, with amazing prizes for winners.

10-11
90 mins
Parents must attend but do not not require a ticket
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Event HD60

Alex T Smith

Claude and Mr Penguin

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author and illustrator introduces the much-loved character of Claude and gives a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the new TV series about him. Come and learn how to draw him and meet the new detective, the star of Mr Penguin.

6+
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Event HD61

Emily Barr, Holly Bourne, Patrice Lawrence

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the authors of The One Memory of Flora Banks, It Only Happens in the Movies, and Indigo Donut as they discuss the emotional range of adolescence, both now and a century ago. Chaired by Jenny Valentine.

12+
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Event HD62

Discover Story Building

So Much!

Venue: Cube

Ding Dong! Auntie, Uncle, Nannie and the whole family are here and they all want to kiss, cuddle and squeeze you. Come and listen to a heart-warming family story by Trish Cooke from the Discover Children’s Story Centre.

Up to 3 years (older siblings welcome)
30 mins
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Discover Story Building

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David Reutter and Jamie Vicary

Build your own quantum computer

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Enter the Qubit Zone for a workshop where you will learn about the incredible world of quantum computers, and even build your own. The team from the University of Birmingham and University of Oxford will give an accessible introduction to mysterious quantum phenomena, including qubits, superposition and entanglement, and then let you loose with your own quantum circuitry to try it all out for yourself.

14+
90 mins
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Event W81

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
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Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event HD63

Robert Winston

Science Squad

Venue: Tata Tent

The Science Squad is made up of the five STEAM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths – and the professor will explain how they work together and why they are so important. From the solar system to evolution and the human body, children will discover how machines work, where lightning comes from and how lungs allow you to breathe. The perfect introduction to science and STEAM subjects.

6+
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Event HD64

Tom McLaughlin

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy

Venue: Starlight Stage

Imagine a school where perfection and popularity is prized above everything...what could go wrong? When the popular kids start growing extra-long spaghetti arms it's time for super nerds Tyler, Dylan, and Ashley to put their geek powers to the test and save the day. Join the author as he introduces his new series Happyville High in an event with interactive readings and an illustration workshop.

9+
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Event HD65

Discover Story Building

Also an Octopus

Venue: Cube

From the Discover Children’s Story Centre comes an imaginative storytelling event based around Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Benji Davies’ book. The audience will be guided through a specially commissioned performance of this picture-book, before being challenged to help create a brand new story all together, all from nothing. This event will take children on an adventure across Space and time.

4-7
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Event W82

Bushra Alahmadi, Klaudia Krawiecka, Saumya Jetley

Inspire!: Robotics workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

An exciting workshop with plenty of hands-on activities and exciting coding challenges for parents and children who will work together and code Sphero SPRK+ robot to dance to their favourite song. Children will then code their Spheros to race, with amazing prizes for winners.

10-11
90 mins
Parents must attend but do not not require a ticket
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Event HD66

Ross Montgomery

Max and the Millions

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A boy discovers a microscopic fantasy civilisation living on a bedroom floor. What would it be like to be an ant-sized person living in your own house? In this event, you'll re-imagine everyday places and objects – toasters, toilets, hamsters – from the point of view of a pint-sized explorer.

9+
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Ross Montgomery

Event HD67

The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Venue: Starlight Stage

Who will win the 2018 YA Book Prize? Join the pre-award presentation to hear from authors on the shortlist, which this year includes Emily Barr, M.A. Bennett, Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Will Hill, Patrice Lawrence, Patrick Ness, Sally Nicholls, Philip Pullman, Alex Wheatle, before the announcement of the winner. The event will also celebrate Stripes Publishing and the authors of its YA anthology A Change Is Gonna Come, winner of the YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award.

14+
2 hours
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Event HD68

Discover Story Building

Also an Octopus

Venue: Cube

From the Discover Children’s Story Centre comes an imaginative storytelling event based around Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Benji Davies’ book. The audience will be guided through a specially commissioned performance of this picture-book, before being challenged them to help create a brand new story all together, all from nothing. This event will take children on an adventure across Space and time.

4-7
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Discover Story Building

Event HD69

Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant 11

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Celebrate the launch of Skulduggery Pleasant 11: Midnight. Revisit all your favourite characters including Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen. Put your questions to The Golden God himself and hear how he became an author and got the inspiration for the series.

12+
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Event W84

Bushra Alahmadi, Klaudia Krawiecka, Saumya Jetley

Inspire!: Robotics workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

An exciting workshop with plenty of hands-on activities and exciting coding challenges for parents and children who will work together and code Sphero SPRK+ robot to dance to their favourite song. Children will then code their Spheros to race, with amazing prizes for winners.

12-13
90 mins
Parents must attend but do not not require a ticket
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Event HD70

Yaba Badoe, Steve Tasane, Ele Fountain, Mitch Johnson

Fiction and Fact – the creating of stories from world news

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Four books inspired by desperate stories from around the world: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is Ghanaian-British filmmaker Yaba Badoe’s story of the horrors of people-trafficking and the magic of African folklore. In Child 1 Steve Tasane captures the survival spirit of a group of undocumented children in a refugee camp. Inspired by the plight of child refugees in Ethiopia, Ele Fountain’s Boy 87 is one 14-year-old’s search for a better life. In Mitch Johnson’s Kick, a boy called Budi is working in a sweatshop in Jakarta making football boots but dreams of being a football star. Chaired by Sian Cain.

9+
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Event HD71

Nadia Shireen

Billy and the Beast

Venue: Starlight Stage

When Billy and Fatcat discover a Terrible Beast making a Terrible Soup out of all of their friends, they are quick to react. Luckily Billy has a clever trick – hidden in her hair. BookTrust’s illustrator-in-residence introduces her new story as she champions the causes of more humour and inclusivity in picture-books.

3+
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