WELCOME TO HAY

The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.

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Children 8+ years

Event HD6

Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+
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Event HD105

Chris Edge

Venue: Starlight Stage
How amazing would it be to have a dad whose an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake’s dad is orbiting the earth in the International Space Station… until his mission goes wrong, and it’s up to Jamie, and the alien civilisation in his phone, to rescue him! Join author Christopher Edge to explore the real-life science behind his hilarious and heart-warming books The Jamie Drake Equation and the Many Worlds of Albie Bright.
7+
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Event HD10

William Grill and Katherine Rundell

The Wolves of Currumpaw and The Wolf Wilder

Venue: Starlight Stage

Wolves are the stuff of children’s fiction. Join award-winning illustrator William Grill and author Katherine Rundell as they discuss their respective books and the enduring fictional appeal of wolves. The Wolves of Currumpaw is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Non-Fiction Award. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, director of National Literacy Trust

9+
Katherine Rundell is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
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Event W4

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

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 8–11
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Event W5

Animation Time Machine!

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 8–11
2 hours
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Event HD13

Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+
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Science Museum

Event HD16

Horatio Clare

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

Venue: Cube

More adventures for Aubrey, a small boy who can talk to animals, in this author’s new title. Now shrunk to the size of an earwig, Aubrey is helping the insects to save the world from starvation and supporting a newly arrived Ladybird family to overcome hostility from the local inhabitants. Join Horatio Clare as he discusses his fantastic new story about the world of Aubrey and his epic adventure of love, travel and insects with Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

9+
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Horatio Clare

Event HD17

Aarhus 39 with Michael Rosen

Venue: Starlight Stage

Michael Rosen discusses different journeys through life with writers whose stories have been selected for the Hay Aarhus 39 anthologies QUEST and ODYSSEY: stories of journeys from around Europe. Selected by three of Europe’s top authors – Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) – some of the best emerging writers for young people from across wider Europe have contributed to the collections. Rosen will talk to Dy Plambeck and Sanne Munk Jensen from Denmark, Sandrine Kao from France and Maria Turtschaninoff from Finland. The event will explore how stories can bring people together through shared experiences.

11+
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Aarhus 39 with Michael Rosen

Event HD20

3000 Chairs

Venue: Cube

Come and experience this uplifting and immersive show about a refugee child and the extraordinary power of kindness. The performance is produced especially for Hay Festival by Hereford College of Arts and Open Sky Theatre Company, working with writer Nicola Davies to adapt for the stage her poem, The Day War Came.

9+
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3000 Chairs

Event HD21

Robert Winston

My Amazing Body Machine

Venue: Tata Tent

Did you know that there are 29 bones in your head including six tiny ear bones that help you hear? From the structure of the skeleton to the importance of the respiratory system, Professor Robert Winston explains the working of every part of the human body – the most complex machine on Earth.

9+
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Robert Winston

Event HD22

Julia Donaldson and The Giant Jumperee

Working with Helen Oxenbury and other illustrators

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Julia Donaldson discussing the creation of The Giant Jumperee. Chaired by Children’s Director Julia Eccleshare.

9–adult
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Julia Donaldson and The Giant Jumperee

Event W13

Seed your ideas with Emma Beynon

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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Event W14

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

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 8-11
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Event W15

Animation Time Machine!

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 8-11
2 hours
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Event HD25

Tony Robinson

The Worst Children’s Jobs in History

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Ever thought life was hard? Sir Tony Robinson goes back in time to when being a child was no excuse for idleness, bringing alive the stinking, back-breaking jobs that children did as jigger-turners, turnip-pickers, matchbox-makers and more.

9+
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Tony Robinson

Event HD28

Lucy Worsley

My Name is Victoria

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the acclaimed historian as she vividly tells the story of the childhood of Queen Victoria, growing up hidden from public view. There will be stories, facts, and even the chance to become part of history by joining in a living timeline complete with props.

9+
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Event W19

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

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!

Family event
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Event HD30

Jacqueline Wilson

Wave Me Goodbye

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join Jacqueline Wilson as she introduces her new book, set in the Second World War. She will also discuss how she started her writing career and created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.

There will be no book signing after this event but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with every book bought in the Festival Bookshop.

Age 9+
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Jacqueline Wilson

Event W20

Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

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 8-11
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Event W23

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

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 8-11
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Event HD38

Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the acclaimed actress and anthologist for a sizzling reading of some of the joyous, magical and humorous poems from her anthology. In a dazzling display of poetry, the show journeys through a calendar year, with poems celebrating events such as Martin Luther King Day and the first day of Spring before ending with Michael Rosen’s The Car Trip.
Sir Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney of Poldark will be performing alongside Allie Esiri.

Chris Riddell will be live drawing the event. 
Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney will be performing poems. 

9+
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Allie Esiri

Event HD41

Lissa Evans

Wed Wabbit

Venue: Starlight Stage

Calling all children and adults: Do you have a loud voice? Are you a giggler? Do you have an eardrum-shredding scream? If so, Lissa Evans, Carnegie-shortlisted author of Small Change for Stuart, Big Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit, would like to recruit you for her Wimbley Woo Workshop. Along the way, you can also learn what Lissa’s real name is, and what it’s got to do with the plot of Small Change for Stuart, what she learned in Year 5 at Primary School (clue: nothing) and how to talk like a Yellow Wimbley.

9+
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Event HD44

Daniel Morden

Secret Tales from Wales

Venue: Starlight Stage

This writer tells ancient folktales with the wit of a stand-up and the turn of phrase of a poet. Come and be enthralled as he launches his latest collection. Expect secrets, riddles, mysterious strangers, awful jokes and beautiful lies.

9+
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Daniel Morden

Event S5

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event HD47

Nick Arnold

Horrible Science

Venue: Oxfam Moot

This is science with all the squishy bits left in. Join the author of Horrible Science for funny facts, scary stories and explosive experiments on stage. Horrible Science has amazed children for more than 20 yucky years with blood-curdling biology, frightful physics and crazy chemistry.

9+
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Nick Arnold

Event W34

HAYDAYS World of Food

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 8-11
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Event W35

Seed your ideas with Emma Beynon

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Creative writing sessions with activities to help your stories grow. Come and explore your creativity with Emma Beynon, who 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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Event W36

Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

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 8-11
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Event HD48

Beast Quest

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Practise your battle cries and meet the good wizard Aduro as he talks beasts, spells and adventures. Listen to tales of new beasts, watch as he casts amazing spells, and then gather all your courage to help summon Nanook, the snow monster… A fun, interactive event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Beast Quest with a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Team Hero.

9+
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Event HD51

Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine

Cream Buns and Crime and The Painted Dragon

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the super-sleuth, murder mystery authors as they reveal the secrets behind creating successful whodunits in their Murder Most Unladylike and The Sinclair Mysteries series respectively.

9+
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Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine

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