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Helen Skelton, Sarah Hunter, John Dunford, Reg Bailey

Safety and Exploration in a Digital Age

Hay Festival 2011, 
What are the challenges and opportunities for the next generation using the internet? How do we ensure young people are safe, but encourage creative exploration and learning? We have detailed ways of addressing this in physical environments, but how should we deal with this when digital meets physical worlds? This lively panel debate will bring together a range of experts from a range of backgrounds to explore how to encourage responsible uses of the Internet that support creative exploration. Chaired by John Dunford.
 
Speakers
Helen Skelton (BBC, Blue Peter), Sarah Hunter (Google UK), John Dunford (Whole Education), Reg Bailey (The Mothers’ Union), Dan Sutch (Nominet Trust) 
 
Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

Most Talked About YA Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet the authors of three of the most talked-about Young Adult novels of 2015, Read Me Like a BookThe Art of Being Normal and This is Not a Love Story. For anyone who struggles with what they feel is expected of them by family, school and society, these books will be a breath of fresh air. Relationships, identity and gender are explored in a discussion about the challenges and rewards of writing for a YA audience.
12+ years/YA
Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

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Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

Love Hurts

Hay Festival 2015, 

An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. Four fabulous writers range over many topics that concern their readers, including love. Love Hurts is a new collection of writing, edited by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, to which James and Non have both contributed. They are joined by the winner of the inaugural YA Book Prize, Louise O’Neill in what promises to be a lively conversation chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust. 

12+ years/YA
Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

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Sarah J Maas

New YA Series Launch: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Hay Festival 2015, 
YA sensation Sarah J Maas, author of the number one international bestseller Throne of Glass, makes a rare visit to the UK to launch her eagerly anticipated new series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. An unmissable event for YA fans of romantic high fantasy adventure. If you like Cassandra Clare, you’ll love this. Sarah talks to Katherine Woodfine.
12+ years/YA
Sarah J Maas

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David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

Hay Festival 2015, 
David Almond’s latest novel A Song for Ella Grey is a brilliant retelling of the Orpheus myth by way of contemporary Tyneside. Sarah Crossan uses both poetry and prose to tell her stories, most recently in Apple and Rain. They are joined by Jenny Valentine who previews her eagerly-awaited new novel Fire Colour One, a highly original story with an extraordinary twist. These three acclaimed writers talk about how they pack such an emotional punch into their novels.
12+ years/YA
David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence and Alice Key

Caspar Lee: the Book

Hay Festival 2016, 

YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director.

12+

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Young, Gifted and Published

Hay Festival 2015, 

Lucy Saxon is just 20 years old and the author of Take Back the Skies. She signed her contract with Bloomsbury when she was just 16. She’s a cosplayer, Con-goer and fangirl of all things sci-fi and fantasy. Taran Matharu’s The Summoner became a Wattpad sensation with over three million reads in three months, leading to a publishing deal with Hachette. And Helena Coggan saw her debut novel The Catalyst published at the age of only 15. Find out what makes three extraordinary young writers tick, and be inspired to write a novel before you are 20.

12+ years/YA
Young, Gifted and Published

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Malorie Blackman

Children’s Laureate Talk

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman in her final Laureate event as she discusses her award-winning books, including the bestselling Noughts and Crosses series and her most recent collection, Love Hurts. Malorie will talk about her Laureate highlights and about the legacy she hopes to leave behind. A must-see for all fans and a chance to ask Malorie all about her experience as the Children’s Laureate.
10+ years
Malorie Blackman

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Linde Wester

The Solace of Quantum

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is the multiverse theory? What is Entanglement? Superposition? What is quantum computing, and how does it help? You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to understand these things if you have one who can explain them to you.  And we have Linde Wester.

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Meg Rosoff

There Is No Dog

Hay Festival 2011, 
What if the world was created by a teenage boy called Bob? Hay is thrilled to welcome Meg back as she gives us an exclusive preview of her future-classic before its August release. Chaired by Gaby Wood.
 
Teen event – part of the hf2 programme for teens

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Chris Priestley and Dave Shelton talk to Paul Magrs

Modern Gothic

Hay Festival 2015, 
Chris Priestley’s acclaimed Tales of Terror series are chilling stories rooted in the tradition of MR James, Saki and Edgar Allan Poe. Mister Creecher is a novel inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and his latest, Through Dead Eyes, is set in a haunted hotel in Amsterdam.

Award-winning Dave Shelton turns to the gothic with Thirteen Chairs, an anthology in which twelve ghostly figures tell stories of death and horror. They talk to writer Paul Magrs about their fascination with the Gothic and its influence on their fiction.
12+ years/YA
Chris Priestley and Dave Shelton talk to Paul Magrs

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Melinda Salisbury and Catherine Doyle

New Voices in YA Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 
Vendetta by Catherine Doyle is an intense Romeo and Juliet story that combines love, mystery and adventure. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury is a high fantasy romantic adventure set in a world that is strange and yet completely familiar. Find out about these two young writers’ paths to getting published, their influences and what the future might hold for them and their characters.
12+ years/YA
Melinda Salisbury and Catherine Doyle

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Anne-Marie Imafidon

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat. Why The Future is Girl-Led

Hay Festival 2017, 

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

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Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant and Beyond

Hay Festival 2015, 
The brilliant series created by Derek Landy has sales to date of five million copies worldwide and left fans heartbroken as it ended with The Dying of the Light. Derek has recently revealed that his next book, Demon Road, will be out later this year and is the first in a YA trilogy of supernatural thrillers. Come along and find out more.
11+ years
Derek Landy

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Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

A Monster Calls

Hay Festival 2016, 

Described by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”, the award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy has just completed the screenplay for a major motion picture of A Monster Calls. Join him and enjoy a first preview of scenes from the film.

12+
Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

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Emerald Fennell

Monsters

Hay Festival 2016, 

Emerald Fennell, author and Call the Midwife star talks about her new book: A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet. Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not - a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand...

12+

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BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

A BBC Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Screenwriter Emma Reeves talks to BBC producer Simon Nelson about the challenges of writing drama for children. She has been responsible for some of CBBC’s most prestigious and popular programmes including Tracy Beaker, Young Dracula and The Dumping Ground. She will also discuss the development of her own series Eve. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Writers Room Get Creative
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

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Paul Magrs and Moira Young

Epic Science Fiction Dystopia

Hay Festival 2015, 
Blood Red Road, the first part of Moira Young’s famous Dustlands trilogy, has been described as ‘The Hunger Games meets The Road’ and has won numerous awards including the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Cybils Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction. It is being developed for film by Ridley Scott. Moira is joined by Paul Magrs, who has written a number of critically acclaimed stand-alone YA novels including Exchange and Diary of a Dr Who Addict. With the scale and scope of the great science fiction epics, his new novel Lost on Mars tells the story of Lora and her family, third generation human settlers on the red planet living in increasingly bleak and hostile circumstances.

Paul was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, running their famous MA course; while Moira was a comedian and then an opera singer before she became a writer. Join them for a wide-ranging conversation about their lives, their writing and whether they are true science fiction geeks.
12+ years/YA
Paul Magrs and Moira Young

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Rob Biddulph, Rebecca Cobb, Sophy Henn and Ed Vere

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2015, 
Four of the most exciting names in picture books discuss the similarities and differences in the way they work and give us an insight into how they make their words and pictures work together to tell a story. Do they use computers to make art? Do the words or the pictures come first? Will they all agree? Highly recommended for anyone interested in art, design and illustration.
10+ years
Rob Biddulph, Rebecca Cobb, Sophy Henn and Ed Vere

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Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Geek Girl and Tabitha Baird

Hay Festival 2015, 
Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone heroine Harriet Manners. She is joined by actress, writer and comedian Arabella Weir whose novel The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird, second in this popular series, has also recently been published. A lively and irreverent discussion guaranteed.
10+ years
Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

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Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

Hay Festival 2016, 

Meet the authors of four of the most talked about YA books: Mind Your Head, CrushTwenty Questions for Gloria and Orange Boy and hear how their books explore the complex and high-octane dramas of adolescence – including aspects of love, hate and psychological pressure.

12+
Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

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Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

The New Golden Age

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are revelling in an exhilarating time for young readers, fired by the richest imaginable field of novelists creating work for teenagers. The editor of the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature hosts this celebration of great contemporary YA writing with two superstars of the genre, who pick a library of ten essential reads for teenagers. All ticketholders will be entered into a draw to receive the ten books they choose as well as copies of Boyne’s The Boy With The Striped Pyjamas and the forthcoming Valentine novel Fire Colour One.

Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

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John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

The author revisits his 2008 novel, which is now read around the world. His latest book Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is the moving story of a boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.

10+ years
John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

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Debbie Moon and Leona Vaughan

Wolfblood

Hay Festival 2016, 

Meet the creators, producers and stars of hot CBBC drama Wolfblood, an award-winning combination of thrilling action and intrigue entwined with stories of secrets and friendships surrounding the mysterious race of Wolfbloods who live among us.

12+

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Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton and Yasmeen Ismail

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2015, 
Three of the most talented picture book artists working today will share and swap ideas with each other and the audience to give a fascinating insight into their working methods, and the other creative projects they get involved in when not making picture books.
10+ years
Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton and Yasmeen Ismail