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 HD92

Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the author/illustrator for a fantastic show filled with stories, games, music and live doodling inspired by suggestions from the audience. Pichon will introduce the new Tom Gates adventure: Tom’s teacher Mr Fullerman has set a class assignment: a family tree! Tom's ready to learn all about the Gates family, his friends and a furry creature (or two!). Bring a pencil and paper.

9+
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Liz Pichon

Event HD97

Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the winners of the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the 2016 Costa Children’s Book Award respectively to discuss their original way of writing their most recent book. These two authors collaborated on writing a novel in verse, sending chapters back and forth on WhatsApp, and created an extraordinary tale. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Young Adult
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Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

Event W73

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 HD93

Rambert Dance Workshop

Venue: Cube

Rambert is Britain’s national dance company. It presents new and historic dance works to audiences in all parts of the country, performed by world-class dancers and accompanied by live music, alongside extensive outreach, education, participation and professional development work. Work with one of Rambert’s animateurs in an exhilarating dance workshop. All abilities welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.

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16 - Adult
2 hours
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Event HD94

Patrick Ness

Release

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join the author as he talks about his latest title. When Adam Thorn woke up one morning, he didn’t know his world was about to fall apart. Neither did he know that that was exactly what needed to happen. An honest, raw and compelling tale taking place over a single life-altering day, Release is a book that celebrates surviving the battlefield of teenage yearsChaired by Juno Dawson

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12+
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Patrick Ness

Event HD106

Sarah Crossan

Talking books and YA fiction

Venue: Good Energy Stage
Award-winning Sarah Crossan, author of One, Apple and Rain and The Weight of Water will discuss her books and the importance of YA fiction.
12+ /YA
Free but ticketed
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Sarah Crossan

Event W74

Book Arts with Marion Elliot

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Explore the wonderful world of book arts with the marvellous Marion Elliot – art director, book arts specialist and Hereford College of Arts lecturer. Prepare to be taken on an adventurous journey to the centre of book arts creativity….no page unturned.

16+ and Adults
2 hours
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Event W75

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 HD95

Floella Benjamin

Coming to England

Venue: Starlight Stage

An actress, author, producer and working peer, Benjamin is best known for her work presenting children’s TV programmes such as Play School. Join her for a truly inspiring event as she talks about her childhood memoir and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960. She shows how having the courage to believe in yourself can help you tackle new challenges and overcome adversity.

9+
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Floella Benjamin

Event HD96

Laura James

Cowboy Pug

Venue: Cube

Pug and his faithful companion, Lady Miranda, are back for another adventure. They’ve saddled up and are going to be cowboys for the day. But Pug’s not so sure…there might be bandits. Then again, there could be candyfloss. Can Pug take the reins when Lady Miranda lands on the wrong side of the law?

6+
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Event S17

The Battle of the Birds, with Tom Hirons

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Don’t strike bargains with giants and expect them to forget. Don’t trust your life to murderers. Listen to wise, magical daughters and always show kindness to strangers. Follow the King’s son’s son in this outrageous telling from Hedgespoken Travelling Storytelling Theatre. Not for the fragile-nerved, but suitable for sturdy-hearted children and adults.

Age 8+
Free but ticketed
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Event W76

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!

Teens
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Event HD98

The Pavee

Venue: Cube

Illustrator Emma Shoard and singer and storyteller Geraldine Bradley bring to life Siobhan Dowd’s The Pavee and the Buffer Girl in picture, story and song. The story of the friendship between a traveller boy and a settled girl, this is a hymn to the power of love and friendship to bridge differences. Irish traveller songs, both traditional and modern, are woven into this reading of the story, as the characters and settings are illustrated  on screen.

9+
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Event S18

The Battle of the Birds, with Tom Hirons

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Don’t strike bargains with giants and expect them to forget. Don’t trust your life to murderers. Listen to wise, magical daughters and always show kindness to strangers. Follow the King’s Son’s Son in this outrageous telling from Hedgespoken travelling storytelling theatre. Not for the fragile-nerved, but suitable for sturdy-hearted children and adults.

Free but ticketed
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Event W77

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 taste buds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Young Adult
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Event W78

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 HD99

Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm

Venue: Starlight Stage

Writer and comedian Jonathan Meres provides a laugh-out-loud treat as he talks about the twelfth and final instalment in his multi-award-winning series. Although life is undoubtedly still unfair for Norm, Jonathan guarantees that he will cheer up the audience and get everyone singing along to his World of Norm song.

6+
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Event HD100

Lucy Cousins and Liz Fost

A Busy Day for Birds

Venue: Cube

Join the Maisy Mouse creator Lucy Cousins and storyteller Liz Fost for an event of feathered fun as they bring A Busy Day for Birds to life in a storytelling and live illustration event.

3+
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Event HD101

Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds on Holiday

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The hairiest family in Teddington are back for a further adventure and this time they decide to take a well-earned holiday by the seaside with all their relatives in tow. But can they stay hidden on a camping holiday? Join the authors as they introduce their exceptional family’s latest escapade in storytelling and live drawing.

9+
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Julian Clary and David Roberts

Event HD102

Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – Up, Up and Away!

Venue: Cube

Ex-robbers now bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam star in a new collection of stories about their comical adventures. The two dogs are best friends but they look like being in danger of falling out when a tempting looking package arrives at the café. Corderoy and Lenton entertain with comic rhymes and illustrations about their well-loved characters.

6+
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Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

Event HD103

Cressida Cowell

Dragon Training and The Wizards of Once

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The Festival favourite author/illustrator returns to talk about How to Train Your Dragon, and give the Hay audience a sneak peek of her first new project in 18 years. Fantasy, magical adventure The Wizards of Once will be published in September. Cressida will read an exclusive extract and show illustrations. The ‘world-conquering’ How to Train Your Dragon (also a film and TV series) has sold eight million copies worldwide and is on Hay’s list of 30 books for 30 years. Unmissable!

9+
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Cressida Cowell

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