Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Young Adult

Event HF5

David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

Venue: Starlight Stage
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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
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David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

Event HF11

Maggie Harcourt and The Bookshop Band

The Last Summer of Us

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Maggie Harcourt’s YA novel is the story of a road trip. Of three friends crammed into a clapped-out car full of secrets and regrets, on a journey that will change their lives forever. Set in South Wales, it captures the hazy beauty of a Welsh summer, and what it’s like to grow up in a close-knit community. The Bookshop Band perform a song inspired by the book, and the author and musicians discuss the relationship between literature and music, and how they capture moments and memories.
12+ years/YA
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Maggie Harcourt and The Bookshop Band

Event HF19

Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

Most Talked About YA Fiction

Venue: Starlight Stage
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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
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Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

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

Event HF35

Melinda Salisbury and Catherine Doyle

New Voices in YA Fiction

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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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
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Melinda Salisbury and Catherine Doyle

Event HF48

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

Love Hurts

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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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
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Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

Event 423

How to Break into the Media

A BBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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A masterclass on how to get started in the media. Chaired by BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones. Panellists include Head of Digital Development for Arts, Peter Maniura; Susie Worster, Head of Talent for Shed Media; Sally Garwood, one of the apprentices on BBC Radio’s Journalism scheme, and Creative Access Production trainee Ashley Francis-Roy.

Not for broadcast.

BBC
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 50 mins
Free but ticketed
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Event 170

Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

The New Golden Age

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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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.

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Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

Event HF56

John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Venue: Tata Tent
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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
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John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

Event HF59

Malorie Blackman

Children’s Laureate Talk

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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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
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Malorie Blackman

Event HF68

Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton and Yasmeen Ismail

Words and Pictures

Venue: Starlight Stage
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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
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Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton and Yasmeen Ismail

Event HF70

Chris Priestley and Dave Shelton talk to Paul Magrs

Modern Gothic

Venue: Starlight Stage
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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
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Chris Priestley and Dave Shelton talk to Paul Magrs

Event HF85

Paul Magrs and Moira Young

Epic Science Fiction Dystopia

Venue: Starlight Stage
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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
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Paul Magrs and Moira Young

Event HF89

Steven Camden and Nick Lake

Keeping it Real

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Steven Camden is also known as Polarbear, one of the UK’s foremost Spoken Word artists. His debut YA novel, Tape, was one of the biggest debuts of 2014. He will talk about It’s About Love, his latest book, with Nick Lake, who is his editor as well as a brilliant and Printz Award-winning YA novelist himself, with highly acclaimed novels such as the bold and brilliant In Darkness to his name. Nick’s latest book, There Will Be Lies, is out now. Find out how they work together and if they ever steal each other’s ideas.
12+ years/YA
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Steven Camden and Nick Lake

Event 424

BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

A BBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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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
Free but ticketed
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BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

Event HF96

Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Geek Girl and Tabitha Baird

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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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
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Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Event W73

‘Note to Self’ Workshop

With Hereford Art College

Venue: Mess Tent
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Come and decorate an envelope along with the Illustration students from Hereford College of Arts. We will post your note to self, using our special edition Hay stamps and your decorated envelope for you to read in your future.

BBC Arts Get Creative
12–17 years
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‘Note to Self’ Workshop

Event HF101

Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant and Beyond

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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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
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Derek Landy

Event W74

‘Note to Self’ Workshop

With Hereford Art College

Venue: Mess Tent
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Come and decorate an envelope along with the Illustration students from Hereford College of Arts. We will post your note to self, using our special edition Hay stamps and your decorated envelope for you to read in your future.

BBC Arts Get Creative
12–17 years
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‘Note to Self’ Workshop

Event HF108

Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

Getting Creative with Rap, Rhyme and Reality

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Steven Camden, aka Polarbear, one of the top Spoken Word artists on the circuit today, loves rap, rhyme and stories that feel real. He talks about getting creative with words in different ways and shows you how he does it with some Spoken Word performance. Alex Wheatle’s first YA novel, Liccle Bit, about dreaming big when the odds are stacked against you, draws on his experience of council estate life in Brixton. A journalist, broadcaster, novelist and playwright, Alex also teaches creative writing. Join them for a session that will inspire you to be creative, be brave and dream big.
12+ years/YA
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Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

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