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Event W11

Drawing the Graphic Novel Workshop

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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During this workshop students create their own graphic short stories, working with graphic novelist and tutor Emily Haworth-Booth, winner of the Observer/Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Prize. The session will explore narrative and storytelling through drawing, working from both observation and imagination, with contemporary examples used as a starting point to explore the huge potential of this graphic medium.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Graphic Novel Workshop

Event HF20

Jacqueline Wilson

In conversation

Venue: Tata Tent
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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
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Jacqueline Wilson

Event HF21

The King of the Sky

With actors, puppets and music

Venue: Starlight Stage
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An Italian boy comes to live in a Welsh mining village, where his parents own a café. He misses his home but the cooing of Mr Evans’ racing pigeons reminds him of a sunlit Roman piazza, and draws him into an unlikely friendship with the old man. Together, they pin their dreams on a race across Europe and the special bird they hope can win it, ‘The King of the Sky’. This is a story about the meaning of home and finding friends where you don’t expect to. An inventive adaptation with actors, puppets and music, created by Pontardawe Arts Centre.

Photo: Illustrations from the first trial of the book, by Laura Carling

7+ years
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The King of the Sky

Event 81

Jamie Owen – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio Wales Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Join Jamie on Sunday lunchtime for conversation, laughter and music. How’s your week been?

Broadcast on BBC Radio Wales every Sunday, 11.30am–12.30pm.

BBC Radio Wales
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Free but ticketed
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Jamie Owen – LIVE ON AIR

Event 82

Andrew Solomon

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Far From the Tree

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The winner of the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize introduces his wise and compassionate book Far From The Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love. Ten years in the writing, it tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Chaired by Hay Festival President Stephen Fry.

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Andrew Solomon

Event 83

John Mullan

Fictions – Emma

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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The author of What Matters in Jane Austen celebrates the bicentenary of John Murray’s publication of Austen’s playful and profound masterpiece of self-knowledge.

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John Mullan

Event 84

Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

Slow Fiction

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Slow Fiction is inspired by the predella, the sequence of four or five pictures under a Renaissance altarpiece that tell the story of the annunciation, the adoration, or the pietà. If the large altarpiece painting is one moment in time, the predella shows the moments leading up to that key frame and sometimes what happens after. The artist Paul St George works with writers, translating selections of their writing into small sequences of sculptures making three-dimensional stories. Two of the first authors to be excited by this new way of bringing readers to writing are Polly Stenham, author of Hotel, and Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist: ‘To see my written words reimagined for a different audience, giving another take on the story-telling process – what we omit, what we emphasise, and what we leave behind – in a newly-configured presentation, is a true thrill.’

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Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

Event 85

Colm Tóibín talks to Sarah Churchwell

Nora Webster and On Elizabeth Bishop

Venue: Tata Tent
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Set in 1960s Ireland, Tóibín’s new novel Nora Webster introduces one of the most complex and captivating heroines of contemporary fiction. He discusses the book and his new study On Elizabeth Bishop. He creates a vivid picture of the American poet while also revealing how her work has helped shape his sensibility as a novelist and how her experiences of loss and exile resonate with his own.

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

This event will be palentyped.
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Colm Tóibín talks to Sarah Churchwell

Event HF25

Matt Brown

Compton Valance: The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Do you have what it takes to be a top-secret agent of F.A.R.T.A? Matt Brown, author of the hilarious time travel adventure series Compton Valance, will put you through your paces. From finding out your agent identity to code breaking and a quickfire quiz: will you pass the time travel test to join Compton Valance and his best friend Bryon Nylon?
7+ years
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Matt Brown

Event HF24

Nicola Davies

Animal Conservation: Heroes of the Wild

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include Ice BearBig Blue WhaleExtreme Animals and Gaia Warriors. She was one of the original presenters of the BBC children’s wildlife programme The Really Wild Show and is the author of the classics A First Book of Nature and Everything You Need To Know About Animals. Join her to hear about her latest books in her Heroes of the Wild series, and about her animal conservation work.
7+ years
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Nicola Davies

Event W64

Read the Game Quiz

Lovereading4kids Dyslexia Series

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join children’s author Tom Palmer for a quiz about reading sport in newspapers, books and online, followed by a penalty competition, with one team winning the trophy. Tom is the author of 30 sports fiction books for children, including Ghost Stadium and Over the Line.

LoveReading4Kids and Barrington Stoke are working together to run a series of events dedicated to children with dyslexia. The authors featured in these events are published by award-winning publisher Barrington Stoke, whose books are renowned for their dyslexia-friendly features and layouts, cream paper and special font. These events will be creative, interactive and, most of all, fun.

Throughout the week of the festival LoveReading4Kids and Barrington Stoke expert staff will be on hand in the Make & Take Tent for advice and support for both adults and children. A selection of dyslexia- and reluctant-reader-friendly titles will be available to buy from the Hay Festival Bookshop.

8+ years
free but ticketed
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Read the Game Quiz

Event HF23

Simon Mayo

Itch

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Author and BBC broadcaster Simon Mayo talks about his latest book Itchcraft and how he came to write a series about a chemistry-mad teenager. He shares some of his favourite (which tends to mean explosive) scientific discoveries, made while researching for the series, and there is a chance to ask questions about the books, science, and anything else you can think of, at the end.
9+ years
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Simon Mayo

Event 86

Yuval Noah Harari talks to Anita Anand

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

This event was recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books.

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Yuval Noah Harari talks to Anita Anand

Event 87

Peter Hennessy, Ruth Scurr, Leanne Wood, Rosie Boycott

Magna Carta 800 - What Do We Want?: A New Kind of Politics

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Is six-party politics here to stay? Is first-past-the-post a bulwark against extremism? What’s the value of a campaign promise in a coalition context? International broadcaster Nik Gowing chairs. Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary’s; Scurr lectures in Politics at Cambridge; Wood is leader of Plaid Cymru; Boycott is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London.

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Peter Hennessy, Ruth Scurr, Leanne Wood, Rosie Boycott

Event 88

Dennis Lehane talks to Jon Gower

Fictions – World Gone By

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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One of America’s most powerful and feared gangsters is about to face up to his past… On a rare public appearance in Britain, the cult thriller writer of The Wire, author of Gone, Baby, Gone and Mystic River discusses his work and his new novel.

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Dennis Lehane talks to Jon Gower

Event 89

Jacqueline Wilson Introduces Hetty Feather

A CBBC Screening at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Jacqueline Wilson introduces an exclusive screening of CBBC’s new adaptation of her popular children’s novel Hetty Feather. A fast-paced and thrilling story, featuring a feisty new heroine, Hetty Feather brings the realities of the Victorian age to life through the eyes and adventures of the children who inhabit the Foundling Hospital. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.

Not for broadcast.

CBBC
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 55 mins
Free but ticketed
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Jacqueline Wilson Introduces Hetty Feather

Event HF28

Holly Webb

The Secret Kitten

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Join author Holly Webb for an event based on her bestselling animal stories. Find out all about the real kittens, puppies and other animals behind the books, and take part in a craft activity based on the series.
6+ years
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Holly Webb

Event HF27

Jim Smith

Barry Loser

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join Jim Smith, author and illustrator of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning Barry Loser series, for an hour of very silly fun. Fast becoming a humour classic, the Barry Loser books are packed full of humour, quirky plots and doodles.
6+ years
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Jim Smith

Event W65

Read the Game Quiz

Lovereading4kids Dyslexia Series

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join children’s author Tom Palmer for a quiz about reading sport in newspapers, books and online, followed by a penalty competition, with one team winning the trophy. Tom is the author of 30 sports fiction books for children, including Ghost Stadium and Over the Line

LoveReading4Kids and Barrington Stoke are working together to run a series of events dedicated to children with dyslexia. The authors featured in these events are published by award-winning publisher Barrington Stoke, whose books are renowned for their dyslexia-friendly features and layouts, cream paper and special font. These events will be creative, interactive and, most of all, fun.

Throughout the week of the festival LoveReading4Kids and Barrington Stoke expert staff will be on hand in the Make & Take Tent for advice and support for both adults and children. A selection of dyslexia- and reluctant-reader-friendly titles will be available to buy from the Hay Festival Bookshop.

8+ years
free but ticketed
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Read the Game Quiz

Event HF26

Sarah J Maas

New YA Series Launch: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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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
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Sarah J Maas

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