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 W42

Jemma Westing: Out of the Box

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Jemma Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. Her new book, Out of the Box, is packed full of amazing things to make from recycled cardboard. Join her to make and decorate your own cardboard-tube owl.

Age 7-12
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Event HD57

M.G. Leonard, Sarah Beynon and Andy Holcroft

Beetle Queen

Venue: Starlight Stage

Would you eat an insect? Try it out for yourself at an amazing event with M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, discussing the inspiration for the book including entomophagy – the practice of eating insects – which features in it. Entomologist Dr Sarah Beynon of The Bug Farm will explain why eating and farming insects could be the future of food, whilst Andy Holcroft of Grub Kitchen cooks up yummy insect bites live on stage for Leonard to eat.

9+
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Event HD58

Leigh Hobbs

Creating Characters: a Drawing Workshop

Venue: Cube

Join the Australian Children’s Laureate to learn how to draw three of his crazy but lovable characters: Mr Chicken, Old Tom and Horrible Harriet. He will also teach budding young artists how to create their very own characters.

6+
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Leigh Hobbs

Event W46

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 8–11
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Event W44

Jemma Westing: Out of the Box

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. Her new book, Out of the Box, is packed full of amazing things to make from recycled cardboard. Join Jemma to make and decorate your own cardboard-tube owl.

Age 7-12
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Event W45

Science of Solar Workshop

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world with Chris Jardine, a leading mind in off-grid solar energy, conducting research with the Oxford Environmental Institute’s Lower Carbon Futures team.

Family event
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Event HD59

Mike Langman

Bird Spotter’s Guide

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Do you know your buzzard from your bullfinch? Come on a virtual bird-watch with illustrator Mike Langman and get tips on how to sharpen your observational skills so that you can recognise more species of bird by sight and sound. There’ll be drawing, quizzes and lots of audience participation.

9+
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Mike Langman

Event HD60

Britta Teckentrup

Bee

Venue: Starlight Stage

Listen to this story about bees, the miraculous insects that travel from flower to flower and spread life on the planet. After explaining the importance of bees, this workshop will also encourage young readers to get involved in saving bees, while creating a garden using Britta Teckentrup’s collage technique.

6+
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Britta Teckentrup

Event W47

Emma Lewis: The Museum of Me

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with this award-winning illustrator to make your own ‘Museums of Me’ to show what’s important to you or what you’re interested in, using collage, cut paper and other materials. The Museum of Me is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Opera Prima Award.

Age 4-7
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Emma Lewis: The Museum of Me

Event W48

Science of Solar Workshop

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world with Chris Jardine, a leading mind in off-grid solar energy, conducting research with the Oxford Environmental Institute’s Lower Carbon Futures team.

Family event
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Event W49

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 12+
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Event HD61

Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup

Kate Greenaway Medal Winners: The Illustrators Who Made Us

Venue: Starlight Stage

The children’s radio show, Down the Rabbit Hole comes to Hay live. Four top illustrators will be talking about their favourite books from the prize’s history, the illustrators who have inspired them, and the power of pictures in children’s books. The event will include live-drawing and the chance to share your own favourite illustrated books.

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Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup

Event HD62

Sibéal Pounder and Stephanie Burgis

Bad Mermaids and The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Venue: Cube

Mermaids and dragons, popular creatures from mythology, have been given new adventures by these two authors. Join them as they discuss the fun they have had creating their characters and giving a fresh spin to traditional stories. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare

6+
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Sibéal Pounder and Stephanie Burgis

Event W51

Science of Solar Workshop

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world with Chris Jardine, a leading mind in off-grid solar energy, conducting research with the Oxford Environmental Institute’s Lower Carbon Futures team.

Family event
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Event W52

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 14+
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Event HD63

Lawrence Bee

Britain’s Spiders: A Field Guide

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Did you know that Britain has approximately 660 species of spider? Join one of the authors of this new family guide to look at where, when, and how to find the spiders that live around us, and how to identify them. Zebra, Buzzing, Wolf or False Widow spider: which one lives in your house or garden?  Live spiders will be part of this talk.

9+
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Event HD64

Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Monstrous Child, The Graces and The Call

Venue: Cube

Join three authors in contention for The Bookseller Young Adult Prize as they discuss the different ways in which their strong-minded and independent characters survive and thrive in their sometimes dark, always complex stories about adolescence. Chaired by Caroline Carpenter.

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12+
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Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Event HD65

Build your own Quantum Computer

Venue: Scribblers Hut

 

Join the Qubit Zone team for a 90-minute workshop where you will learn about the incredible world of quantum computers. The University of Oxford team will introduce you to mysterious quantum phenomena – including qubits, superposition and entanglement – and then let you loose with your own quantum circuitry to try it out for yourself. With David Reutter and Jamie Vicary.

Family and 14+
1.5 hours
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Event S6

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.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event W53

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Young Adult
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Event HD66

Alex Wheatle

Straight Outta Crongton

Venue: Cube

The winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize speaks about his journey from an abusive children’s home to his time in Brixton in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when he penned poems and lyrics under the name ‘The Brixton Bard’. Learn about the personal experiences that inform his work now, and hear him read from his new novel for young adults.

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12+ (explicit content)
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Event W54

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing.

16+
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Event HD67

Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and twice winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum is a complete horror. He hates children, animals and fun, not to mention corn on the cob. This book is about him, an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub, Jake the dog and a little girl called Polly. Plus, there are heroes and sweets and adventures. Join to celebrate the 10th anniversary of You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

6+
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Andy Stanton

Event HD68

Catherine Barr and Steve Williams

The Story of Space: a first book about our universe

Venue: Starlight Stage

From the birth of the first stars to life on Earth, listeners will discover the story of our universe. Pulling on planet T-shirts and helping to create a timeline on stage, listeners will join the author and the science teacher in a fascinating journey from the beginning of time.

6+
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Catherine Barr and Steve Williams

Event W56

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 4-7
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