Join traditional storyteller Atinuke, author of the No.1 Car Spotter and Anna Hibiscus series, as she conjures up the sights, sounds and hustle and bustle of life in Africa.
In this last bicentenary session, the academic and author plays with the engaging and entertaining puzzles of the novels and Austen’s life. What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? What do the characters call each other, and why? And which important Austen characters never speak? Join us for a delightful celebration of the genius of English literature’s greatest comedian. There will be prizes for best frock coat and bonnet.
A side-splitting session with the swashbuckling children’s author and illustrator, creator of Princess Smartypants, Dr Dog, Mummy Laid an Egg and her latest book James Rabbit and the Giggleberries. Learn how to write and illustrate a children’s picture book and join the fun!
The lovable mouse has delighted young children and parents for more than 25 years. Join her birthday celebrations with a professional storyteller and hear all about Maisy’s adventures with her friends.
The Royal Literary Fund was set up in 1790 to help professional authors. Past beneficiaries have included Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, D H Lawrence and Dylan Thomas. Last year it helped 200 writers, though not all of them are quite so famous yet. In 1999 a Fellowship scheme was established to place writers in universities to help students with their writing skills. Since it began it has placed 450 writers in posts at 120 higher education institutions. The inaugural RLF Lecture at Hay is given by the pre-eminent biographer of Shelley and Coleridge, author of The Age of Wonder, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer and Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer.
Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky? Join the Space scientist and BBC 4’s The Sky at Night presenter as she speaks about her passion for the stars. Take a journey through the constellations and find out how to begin stargazing with her new book. A must for budding astronomers.
Here’s the politician, leader of the free world and global icon as portrayed on the covers of the world’s magazines and newspapers during his presidency.
The author is joined by the editor of GQ for a revelatory conversation about portraiture, power and propaganda. Arogundade will present a selection of amazing covers from Barack Obama’s 8-year presidency, along with ‘Obama vs Trump’, comparing his front pages with those of America’s current president.
Arogundade is the author of ten books, including ‘Black Beauty’, his debut novel, 'The Sexual Language of Strangers' and ‘Obama: 101 Best Covers’. ‘Black Beauty’ was honoured by the New York Public Library and was the subject of a three-part BBC documentary.
On the centenary of the birth of ‘flawed genius’ Frank Sinatra, the authors of the biography Sinatra: A Life talk about the life and career of ‘Old Blue Eyes’, his Mafia associations, his crowded love-life and his tangled relationship with US presidents.
Deirdre Sullivan is a ghost-writer for the Nightmare Club series. Deirdre will conduct a workshop for readers, involving spooky collaborative storytelling and getting the children to help finish a Nightmare Club story that she’s working on.
A masterclass on theatrical adaptation from Matt Spangler, award-winning American playwright and writer of the stage adaptation of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner.
Celebrate 25 years of this picture-book with its award-winning creator Simon James (Baby Brains, Nurse Clementine). Little Emily has a whale living in her garden pond and decides to write to Greenpeace for tips on how to look after him. With storytelling and live drawing, Simon takes you on a journey through this much-loved classic and introduces you to his latest book, REX.
The author talks about the power of music and stories and how they weave together to connect us all. Her book was inspired by the image of a Syrian refugee playing his violin at a border control.
Tom Ellen, journalist, and Lucy Ivison, school librarian, discuss how they created Never Evers, the sequel to Lobsters. Are two writers better than one when it comes to having great ideas? Does their experience of having been at sixth form together help when they are writing about Mouse and Jack and the great disaster of the school ski-ing trip?
Peace and justice: who could be against them? But as soon as we begin to unpack these much-invoked notions, tensions emerge. How does international law resolve these tensions? We'll discuss emerging international norms in light of the challenges facing mediators trying to end civil wars. Nouwen is Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.