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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrate Horrid Henry’s 20th birthday with the bestselling author. Discover what led her to create everyone’s favourite naughty boy. Step into the world of Horrid Henry and relive 20 years of hilarious adventures with Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup, the brand new Horrid Henry story. With a special appearance by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross.

6+ years

Francesca Simon

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Julia Donaldson & Friends

A Jolly Jamboree

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join this beloved children’s writer and her lively cast, for stories and songs about dragons, ladybirds and cave babies. Meet Julia's latest hero The Rhyming Rabbit, and be prepared for a guest appearance by the Gruffalo himself.
 
5+ years & families

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Jacqueline Wilson

Little Darlings

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of Tracey Beaker takes on the world of celebrity in her latest tale of two half-sisters, and isn’t afraid to confront the issues at the heart of every tween’s life.
 
6–10 years

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David Walliams

Ten years of Glorious Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress, David Walliams has seen ten years of global success as a children’s author. Hear about the inspiration for his best-loved characters, listen to him read excerpts from some of his books and get the chance to put your questions directly to him. David will be discussing his writing with Gemma Cairney.

6+

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Jacqueline Wilson

In conversation

Hay Festival 2015, 
An hour with the great children’s novelist, whose latest books, both illustrated by Nick Sharratt, are Opal Plumstead and The Butterfly Club.
9+ years
Jacqueline Wilson

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Quentin Blake

Hay Festival 2010, 
The treasured illustrator and author on his life, work and latest projects.
 
Family event
Quentin Blake

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Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope

War Horse: A Musical Reading

Hay Festival 2011, 
A live storytelling of this modern classic, with music and songs from the National Theatre production.
 
7+ years & families
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.
War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

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Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo LIVE

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join in the Gruffalo’s 10th birthday party in this interactive, lively celebration with the author and illustrator. Jam-packed with songs, music, fun and rhyme.

Family Event

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Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Hits Hollywood

Hay Festival 2010, 
Fresh from the bright lights of LA the writer of the superb How To Train Your Dragon series talks Toothless, trouble and Tennant. Includes film clips.
 
Family event
 
See the Blog for more details.  Cressida is also taking part in Oxfam Bookfest.

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead

Hay Festival 2010, 
Horrid Henry is everyone’s favourite naughty little boy! Join Francesca Simon as she talks about her latest books starring Horrid Henry, Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter and be one of the first children in the country to hear a brand new Horrid Henry story.
6–9 years

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Nick Sharratt

Shark in the Dark

Hay Festival 2010, 
Draw along with the beloved illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson and Jeremy Strong, as he introduces his fin-tastic new book. Don't forget your pad and pencil!
 
Family event

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Michael Morpurgo

An Elephant in the Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
The nation’s favourite storyteller joins us to look at his latest gem. Limited signing. 
 
7+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.

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Eat My Shorts!

Short Films

Hay Festival 2010, 
Kick off the week with a medley of hand-picked short films, from laugh-out-loud to downright beautiful. See you at the movies!
 
Duration 30 mins.
 
This event is repeated on 5 June.
 
Family event
 
Films: Zoo Written and directed by Robin Bushell. Heartstrings Written and directed by Rhiannon Evans. Tir Nan Og Written and directed by Fursy Teyssier. Maestro Written and directed by Géza M. Tóth. Codswallop Written and directed by Greg and Myles McLeod. Animals Directed by Kristofer Ström

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Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon

Hay Festival 2008, 
Francesca Simon tells why she created Horrid Henry, revels in his terrible antics, and lets us in on some mischievous adventures she has planned for him in the future.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2010, 
Back by popular demand! Join the comedic creator of Lamonic Bibber for a weird, wacky, one-in-a-million event. Giggles guaranteed.
 
6–9 years

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Peter Lord & Gideon Defoe

Pirates!

Hay Festival 2011, 
The film-maker and founder of Aardman joins the author of the Pirates! series to present a tantalising glimpse of their upcoming animated collaboration. Chaired by John Cassy.
 
About the film
In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations, Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast. The film will be released on 30 March 2012 in the UK.
 
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. 
 
It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
 
The film is directed by Peter Lord, a founding partner of Aardman, director of Chicken Run (with Nick Park), and a two-time Academy Award® nominee for his short films at the company.
 
7+ years
Peter Lord & Gideon Defoe

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Peter Lord

Aardman Animation

Hay Festival 2010, 
The co-founder of the UK’s favourite animation studio joins us for a very special hands-on event.
 
Family event

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Andrew Cope and Lara the Dog

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrew introduces the inspiration for his Spy Dog books and tells you more about the thrilling adventures of her namesake, or as the highly-trained special agent is known  by the government, GM451.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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Andy Stanton, Jeremy Strong, Tamsyn Murray

Punny Flannel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three of the world’s (yes, we said world’s!) funniest children’s writers come together in a wonderfully random mish-mash look at laughs. Chaired by the hilarious James Campbell.
 
7+ years & families Rib Ticklers 

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Simon Bartram

Bob, the Man on the Moon

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and laugh along as Bob and his special dog Barry take on a new cosmic adventure. Don’t forget to bring a plentiful supply of funny faces!
 
5–8 years

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Ben Cort

Aliens in Underpants

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join the star illustrator of this intergalactic series, with a visit from a very special extraterrestrial guest. Prizes for the best underpants brought to Hay, so get creating!
 
4–7 years

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2010, 
The acclaimed stand-up comic for children returns to Hay. Get ready to giggle your gloves off!*
 
Family event
 
*We think socks get too much attention.

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2011, 
Smooky palooki! This event is going to be well brilliant! Time to join Polly and Friday on another crazy adventure on the streets of Lamonic Bibber wethinks.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers
You’re a bad man, Mr Gum - Andy Stanton & David Tazzyman

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Hay Festival 2008, 
As the treasured picture book celebrates its fiftieth birthday the much loved author talks to Julia Eccleshare about her children’s classics–from the classroom staple When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit to the serial adventures of Mog the Cat.

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2009, 
Shabba me whiskers Mr Gum is back! Prepare for a big stitch in your side as the hilarious author of the Mr Gum series returns to Hay.

6 years +