Events for Children and Young People

HAYDAYS brings audiences together with authors, poets, illustrators and performers in a varied range of events for children and young adults, to engage and inspire reading for pleasure and understanding other people's lives and experiences. Find all your favourite authors plus some new discoveries below.

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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Supertato: Bubbly Troubly

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Join Sue and Paul in a sing-along event as they battle the Evil Pea and watch Supertato fly through the air. Take part in games and activities and dive into a new adventure.

3+ years
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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Cressida Cowell

Wizard in the Woods

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Join the Children’s Laureate on location in Kingley Vale Woodland as she talks about the final book in her Wizards of Once series, Never and Forever, and one of the main inspirations behind the books: the magic of trees and woodland. Live Q&A follows.

7+ years
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Event HD3

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

David Walliams in conversation with Shappi Khorsandi

Code Name Bananas

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Join the author as he talks to comedian Shappi Khorsandi about his career in children’s books. Hear what inspires his stories and about the inspiration behind his best-loved characters. Then listen to him reading from his books and ask the questions you've been longing to ask.

8+Family
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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Dapo Adeola and Swapna Haddow

My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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He might have the fuzziest fur that scratches and scritches, and a very loud roar, but I know he’s the perfect dad for me! Take artistic inspiration from this lively new picture book and make your very own grizzly bear dad in an interactive storytelling and drawing event.

3+ years
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Event HD5

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds Go Green

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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The Bold family are going green, reducing, reusing and recycling as much as they can. But not all of their eco-friendly ideas are welcome, especially when it comes to 'watering' the neighbours' front garden. Hear the brand-new book brought to life by author Julian Clary, and see the illustrations created live by David Roberts.

7+ years
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Event HD6

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Bad Wolf

HIS DARK MATERIALS: FROM PAGE TO SCREEN, WITH DAFNE KEEN, AMIR WILSON, JANE TRANTER AND JACK THORNE

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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When Philip Pullman’s bestseller was adapted by Bad Wolf for HBO/BBC One, it was the highest rated drama launch on British TV in more than five years with over 9 million viewers. Executive Producer Jane Tranter leads a panel discussion with Dafne Keen who plays Lyra, Amir Wilson who plays Will and His Dark Materials Screenwriter Jack Thorne. Together they will be looking at the joys and challenges of bringing the series to life.

9+ Family
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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Laura Dockrill

The Lipstick

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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They say they always know you’re up to something when the house goes quiet, and this little boy is most certainly up to something with his mother's lipstick, covering walls, furniture and even the cat. An event about creativity and self-expression from a new book, illustrated by Maria Karipidou.

3+ years
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Event HD8

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Radzi Chinyanganya

Move Like a Lion

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Join Radzi to learn how to scuttle like a crab, stand like a meerkat, waddle like a penguin and, of course, move like a lion, in these fun exercises modelled on the natural movements of amazing animals.

5+ years
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Event HD9

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Kate Griggs

Xtraordinary People: Made by Dyslexia

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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People with dyslexia think differently, which makes them xtraordinarily good at certain things. The author talks to some brilliant dyslexic children, and adults, to explore their seven superpowers.

7+, Family
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Event HD10

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Nadia Shireen

Slug in Love

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Even slugs need a hug sometimes. Join the illustrator for live drawing and storytelling based on this big, bold picture book written by Rachel Bright, delivering a warm, witty message.

3+ years
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Event HD11

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Jeff Kinney

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Scare yourself silly with the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Grab a torch, crawl under the covers and dive into a twisted world of the imagination. You'll meet zombies, vampires and ghosts in these comically terrifying tales.

7+ years
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Event HD12

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Sarah Crossan and the winner Alice Oseman

The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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The former Irish Children’s Laureate appears in conversation with Alice Oseman, the newly crowned winner of the YA Book Prize 2021, discussing her winning title Loveless.

11+
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Event HD13

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Adam Henson

A Year on Adam’s Farm

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Join the farmer/author/broadcaster on a tour of his Cotswold farm. Did you know that a shearer can shear 200 sheep in a day? Or that robots can milk cows? Animal lovers and budding farmers can learn where food comes from, peek inside a combine harvester, and discover incredible facts about farm animals.

3+ Family
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Event HD14

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Jonathan Stroud

The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Lose yourself in a broken England of the future, where gunfights and monsters collide. Learn how the writer draws his landscapes and creates his witty characters. Then find out what adventures await in his latest book.

11+
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Event HD15

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Benjamin Zephaniah talks to Gemma Cairney

Windrush Child

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Join the legendary poet and author to talk about his latest book, a novel for children reflecting on the experiences of the Windrush Generation in the UK.

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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Rob Biddulph

Draw With Rob

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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The author, illustrator and draw-along genius is thrilled to be back at Hay. Find out about his career from young illustrator to picture book creator and Guinness World Record holder for the largest online art lesson during lockdown, when 45,611 participants drew a whale with him.

3+
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Event HD17

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Michelle Paver

Skin Taker

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Run wild with this author as she introduces you to the latest book in her Wolf Brother series. Set in a Stone Age world, it invites you to rejoin Torak, Renn and Wolf for a non-stop adventure where the clans are tested like never before, as they battle to find ways to survive and thrive in the forest.

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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Angie Thomas talks to Jenny Valentine

The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Thomas’ internationally acclaimed debut novel The Hate U Give was adapted for the big screen. Find out how this was achieved and discover more about the world of Garden Heights in her new novel. Jenny Valentine's latest book is A Girl Called Joy.

12+
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Event HD19

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Pamela Butchart

The Broken Leg of Doom

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Come quick, there’s been a disaster! A session of extreme dancing has left Maisie in hospital with a broken leg and things are taking a real turn for the weird. Join the Blue Peter Award-winning author for some seriously silly stories, cuddly toys and tuna sandwiches (yuck!). Could Maisie’s leg be cursed? If it is, and it definitely is, then everything is doomed.

5+
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Event HD20

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Helen Skelton talks to Jules Hudson

Wild Girl: How to Have Incredible Outdoor Adventures

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Calling wild explorers everywhere! Join the TV presenter and world record breaker to hear her incredible stories, from kayaking the length of the Amazon to cycling to the South Pole. Fun and empowering – you’ll leave feeling fearless and ready to unleash your inner adventurer.

7+
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Event HD21

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Alex Wheatle

Cane Warriors

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Untold stories of British and Jamaican history come to life in the author's new YA novel, where you can follow the true story of a slave uprising in Jamaica in 1760. Lead character Moa is awoken in the middle of the night by one of the rebels who informs him when the revolt will begin, and the clock is ticking.

12+
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Event HD22

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Isabella Tree talks to Gaia Vince

When We Went Wild

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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The rewilding pioneer has used her experience on the Knepp estate in West Sussex to produce a picture book about two farmers who let nature take its course. In this era of eco-anxiety, children will be enthused about what can be achieved. Gaia is an environmental journalist and author of Transcendence. This illustrated talk will be followed by a Q&A.

4+
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Event HD23

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Floella Benjamin

Coming to England

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Join the actress and working peer as she tells how she travelled from Trinidad, aged 10, to make a new life with her family in Britain. Her experience of moving home and making friends shows you can overcome difficulties if you have the courage to believe in yourself.

3+, Family
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Event HD24

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Garth Nix

Old Kingdom Series

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Join the author to celebrate more than 25 years of the Old Kingdom fantasy novels. Hear about his amazing career, how the Old Kingdom series came into being, and get answers to questions you've always wanted to ask.

12+
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Event HD25

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Jessica Love and Mama G

Julian at the Wedding

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Julian is off to a wedding and you’re invited, too. Enjoy a reading by the creator of Julian Is A Mermaid and Julian at the Wedding, then help Mama G get all glammed up and ready to be the most gorgeous wedding guest in town.

3+
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