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Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

Hay Festival 2018, 

Come and be inspired by some great heroes. Clinton’s new picture book, with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, celebrates 13 women from around the world who have used their voices and determination to create change and to shape history. The women whose stories she tells include: Marie Curie, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Leymah Gbowee, Caroline Herschel, Wangari Maathai, Aisha Rateb, J.K. Rowling, Yuan Yuan Tan and Malala Yousafzai.  

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Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

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Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join Waterstones' Children’s Laureate as she introduces a storytelling event and talks about the inspiration for her latest picture-book. Learn about dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling, led by Devon Black. Lauren will read from the book and answer questions.

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Nadia Shireen

Billy and the Beast

Hay Festival 2018, 

When Billy and Fatcat discover a Terrible Beast making a Terrible Soup out of all of their friends, they are quick to react. Luckily Billy has a clever trick – hidden in her hair. BookTrust’s illustrator-in-residence introduces her new story as she champions the causes of more humour and inclusivity in picture-books.

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Riverside Performing Arts

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Hay Festival 2018, 

Plop is a baby barn owl. He is the same as every baby barn owl that has ever been – except for one thing…he is afraid of the dark. Riverside Performing Arts, who brought you Elmer, presents Jill Tomlinson's classic tale, illustrated by Paul Howard. Filled with song, puppetry, dance and laughter, this touching story is beautifully adapted for the stage. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark encourages children to be conquerors, is guaranteed to raise a smile, and will calm the biggest fears.

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