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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Children 12+ years

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff

Traitor to the Throne and Nanodel

Event HD8 Venue: Cube

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff have both recently completed their second titles in powerful trilogies set in richly imagined worlds. Join the authors as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating whole new worlds and the people who live in them. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

11+
Price: £5.30
 
 

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W6 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure... mud will fly!

Age 12+
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Animation Time Machine!

Event W8 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and Hereford College of Arts to create and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 12+
2 hours
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Sue Wallman and Bali Rai

See How They Lie and Web of Darkness

Event HD18 Venue: Starlight Stage

Sue Wallman and Bali Rai

Join top YA authors as they discuss their recent books, and the ways in which they capture the complex emotions of adolescence and the secrets that need to be kept hidden. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

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12+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury

The Giant Jumperee

Event HD22 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury

Join two award-winning icons in the world of picture-books as they discuss creating The Giant Jumperee, their first collaboration. And take a look at Oxenbury’s drawing in a short video of her at work in her studio. Chaired by Children’s Director Julia Eccleshare.

9–adult
Price: £7.30
 
 

Seed your ideas with Emma Beynon

Event W13 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Creative writing sessions with activities to help your stories grow. Come and explore your creativity with Emma Beynon, who she has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and has an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Age 9-11
2 hours
Free but ticketed
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W16 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing's for sure... mud will fly!

Age 12+
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Animation Time Machine!

Event W18 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and HCA to colour and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 12+
2 hours
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W19 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

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Scarlett Thomas

Dragon’s Green

Event HD29 Venue: Cube

Scarlett Thomas

Dive into The Worldquake Sequence and enjoy travelling with Effie on her journey from a School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange to the dangerous Otherworld to retrieve a magical book. The author will discuss the creation of her richly imagined fantasy world and the fabulous characters who live in it.

9+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Meg Rosoff

Beck

Event HD34 Venue: Starlight Stage

Meg Rosoff

The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is a sweeping coming-of-age adventure of a mixed-race boy transported to North America in the 1900s. Mal sadly passed away in 2015, leaving Meg Rosoff to complete the story. In conversation with Daniel Hahn she discusses the process of working with Mal’s idea, writing it in her own way, and about the reception to the book.

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12+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

Event W22 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Learn how to silk-screen print with locally based and internationally acclaimed textile designers Sunny and Emma Todd. Their bold, graphic artwork is stocked in Liberty, Heal’s, Le Bon Marché, Amara and Anthropologie. Sunny is also a textiles lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Create your own one-off stencil and screenprint it onto a canvas bag for you to take away (Fairtrade and UK-produced).

Age 12+
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Seed your ideas with Emma Beynon

Event W24 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Creative writing sessions with activities to help your stories grow. Come and explore your creativity with Emma, she has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Age 12 - 14
2 hours
Free but ticketed
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Tracy Chevalier

New Boy

Event HD36 Venue: Starlight Stage

Told over the course of one school day in 1970s Washington DC, New Boy is Tracy Chevalier’s take on Othello. It is a powerful modern drama about fitting in, standing out and knowing which friends to trust, from one of our most successful novelists.

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12+
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Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

Event W25 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Learn how to silk-screen print with locally based and internationally acclaimed textile designers Sunny and Emma Todd. Their bold, graphic artwork is stocked in Liberty, Heal’s, Le Bon Marché, Amara and Anthropologie. Sunny is also a textiles lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Create your own one-off stencil and screenprint it onto a canvas bag for you to take away (Fairtrade and UK-produced).

Age 16+
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W26 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 12 +
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Philip Reeve

Black Light Express

Event HD40 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Philip Reeve

Join a thrilling journey through time and imagination as Reeve talks about the inspiration for Black Light Express, a sequel to Railhead which continues the adventures of interplanetary thief Zen and the android Nova, in a future where intelligent trains can carry you between far-flung planets in the blink of an eye.

11+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Perdita and Honor Cargill and Katy Birchall

Waiting for Callback: Take Two and The It Girl: Superstar Geek

Event HD42 Venue: Starlight Stage

Perdita and Honor Cargill and Katy Birchall

Fame, that’s all Elektra, star of Waiting for Callback: Take Two, has ever wanted, and now she has a part in a film, but things don’t go quite to plan. Anna Huntly, star of The It Girl: Superstar Geek, has a different ambition. Join the creators of these girls as they discuss their witty and wise stories of teenage dreams and anxieties with Emily Drabble, Head of Booktrust’s children’s book promotion.

11+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S5 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Seed your ideas with Emma Beynon

Event W35 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Creative writing sessions with activities to help your stories grow. Come and explore your creativity with Emma Beynon, who she has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and has an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Age 14+
2 hours
Free but ticketed
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HAYDAYS World of Food

Event W37 Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy, using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 12+
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Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

Event W38 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and work with Hereford College of Arts students of illustration to create exciting and inventive images. Be prepared to explore ideas beyond your imagination.

Age 12+
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Lisa Williamson

All About Mia

Event HD52 Venue: Cube

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her debut novel The Art of Being Normal, Williamson’s All About Mia is a story about sisters, accepting your strengths and weaknesses, and learning to forgive the people you love. Join her as she discusses creating her insightful family stories.

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12+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Marcus Sedgwick

Saint Death

Event HD53 Venue: Starlight Stage

Marcus Sedgwick

The author takes listeners on a virtual trip into his writing space, revealing the research behind Saint Death. Think folk saints, migrants, gang warfare and human rights as he tells tales of the iconic Santa Muerte and reveals the shocking reality facing many communities living on the Mexican/US border. A fascinating and powerful talk from this prize-winning novelist. 

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12+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Science of Solar Workshop

Event W45 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world.

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