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Event W101

Jenny Valentine 1

The Perfect Crime: Creative Writing Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join award-winning novelist Jenny Valentine to create your own crime scene investigation. Expect plot twists and high drama; as Sherlock Holmes says: “once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”.

11–12
2 hours
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Jenny Valentine 1

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Cressida Cowell

Dragons and Wizards

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join Cressida Cowell, award-winning author of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series. Cressida will talk about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, as well as the inspirations behind all her writing, and give tips on becoming an author or illustrator.

9+
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Fiona Ross and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words

Venue: Starlight Stage

Calling all human beans! Join Word Wizards Sara-Jane Arbury and Fiona Ross, and gobblefunk with Roald Dahl’s redunculously rude and rotsome words. Learn how to curse like a Giant and insult like a Trunchbull! Oodles of foulsome fun with wacky word games, mouth manglers, explosive expletives, shouting matches and whizzpopping poppyrot.

6+
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Fiona Ross and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Event W104

Jenny Valentine 2

The Perfect Crime: Creative Writing Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join award-winning novelist Jenny Valentine to create your own crime scene investigation. Expect plot twists and high drama; as Sherlock Holmes says: “once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”.

13–14
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Event HD78

Jacqueline Wilson

Dancing the Charleston

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join bestselling Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who introduces her gloriously atmospheric new book and discusses how she created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. Please note that there will be no book signing after the talk, but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature on will be available from the Bookshop.

9+
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Event W107

Foraged Art Workshop 15

Rooted Forest Schools

Venue: Wild Garden

Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

9–11
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 15

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Katherine Rundell

The Good Thieves and Into the Jungle

Venue: Starlight Stage

Katherine Rundell discusses her two most recent titles: The Good Thieves, the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong, and Into the Jungle, a collection of beautifully imagined stories about the origins of the animals in Rudyard Kipling’s classic Just So Stories.

9+
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Event W110

Foraged Art Workshop 16

Rooted Forest Schools

Venue: Wild Garden

Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

4–6
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 16

Event HD81

Stefan Gates

Science You Can Eat

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Stefan Gates, TV presenter and live show presenter, introduces this spectacular edible science show featuring rockets made from food, edible chemical reactions, vortex cannons, flamethrowing, live insects and the world’s loudest fart machine. Stefan uses explosive stunts to transform complex science into an unforgettable, relevant and funny edible adventure.

6+
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Event HD82

Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow

Venue: The Summerhouse

Join award-winning fantasy author Catherine Fisher as she shares the secrets of her writing. The Clockwork Crow is a gripping tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales. The winner of Wales Arts Review’s Welsh Books for Young People 2018 award, it has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019.

9+
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Event W113

Foraging With Kids Workshop 1

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Venue: Wild Garden

Join author Adele Nozedar and illustrator Lizzie Harper as they bring to life their most recent book, Foraging With Kids. Adele will help you find tasty wild edibles and Lizzie will get you drawing them! We’ll make the most amazing nature table on the planet and there will be samples of yummy stuff made using wild ingredients.

3+
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Event W114

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 W112

Robotics Workshop 1

Inspire!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join this fun and interactive workshop and learn how to code by playing with the Sphero SPRK+ robots. Design your robot’s dance moves and team up with others to help Sphero to traverse the maze. If you have never tried coding before, this is a fantastic opportunity to give it a go.

10–11
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Robotics Workshop 1

Event W115

Bollywood Dreams

Dance Workshop 1

Venue: Cube

In this Bollywood Dreams dance workshop, you will learn Indian dance hand gestures and create a short choreographed routine by the end of the session, while discovering a little about the history of Bollywood. Participants can dance barefoot or (recommended) in light trainers.

4+
45 mins
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Matt Haig

Evie and the Animals

Venue: Compass Studio

Join bestselling author Matt Haig as he talks about his new children’s book Evie and the Animals, illustrated by Emily Gravett. It’s a heartwarming story about daring to be different, growing up and staying true to yourself. Evie is a girl with a Special Talent who is different from her friends. In fact, she seems to have an actual, secret superpower: she can understand and talk to animals.

6+
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Dapo Adeola and Nathan Bryon

Look Up!

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join author and illustrator Nathan and Dapo for an out-of-this-world event! Enjoy a lively hour full of storytelling, fun facts and top drawing tips from this exciting debut duo.

3+
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Ross Welford

The Dog Who Saved the World

Venue: Compass Studio

Time travel, invisibility, immortality, and brave mongrel dogs saving the world. Ross Welford has covered them all in his much-loved and highly-acclaimed books. Join Ross for this interactive, energetic session and there might even be a little bit of magic!

9+
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Event W117

Foraging With Kids Workshop 2

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Venue: Wild Garden

Join author Adele Nozedar and illustrator Lizzie Harper as they bring to life their most recent book, Foraging With Kids. Adele will help you find tasty wild edibles and Lizzie will get you drawing them! We’ll make the most amazing nature table on the planet and there will be samples of yummy stuff made using wild ingredients.

3+
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Event W116

Robotics Workshop 2

Inspire!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join this fun and interactive workshop and learn how to code by playing with the Sphero SPRK+ robots. Design your robot’s dance moves and team up with others to help Sphero to traverse the maze. If you have never tried coding before, this is a fantastic opportunity to give it a go.

13–14
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Robotics Workshop 2

Event W119

Bollywood Dreams

Dance Workshop 2

Venue: Cube

In this Bollywood Dreams dance workshop, you will learn Indian dance hand gestures and create a short choreographed routine by the end of the session, while discovering a little about the history of Bollywood. Participants can dance barefoot or (recommended) in light trainers.

11–Adult
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Bollywood Dreams

Event HD86

About Face Theatre Company

Creation

Venue: Scribblers Hut

In the beginning all the water and all the earth were mixed up – nothing could survive. So the Gods gathered in the six skies above and the six worlds below to create something magical out of the mess… This intimate, immersive show for all ages stitches together stories from around the world with micro puppets and musical boxes.

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Event HD87

Michael Morpurgo and Marcus Brigstocke

Muck and Magic

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Breathe the world in deep and you can do anything… Michael Morpurgo and Marcus Brigstocke read Michael’s latest book Muck and Magic, a moving countryside story about the power of friendship and creativity and why a true gift should never be wasted. A chance to be read to by one of the greatest storytellers in the UK, alongside the multi-talented comedian, actor and satirist.

6+
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