HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the full programme for Hay Festival 2018.

Children 6+ years

Event HD2

David Walliams

Ten years of Glorious Stories

Venue: Tata Tent

Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress, David Walliams has seen ten years of global success as a children’s author. Hear about the inspiration for his best-loved characters, listen to him read excerpts from some of his books and get the chance to put your questions directly to him.

6+
There will be a limited number of pre-signed books available in the Festival bookshop
This event is sold out, but there is still availability over the rest of the programme. Please go ahead and browse through the listings.
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Event HD93

Rachel Bright

The Squirrels who Squabbled

Venue: Compass

Join the author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could for a fun-filled event packed with stories, drawing and games. Hear the tale of The Squirrels who Squabbled – a tale of two greedy mammals who must learn to share – before learning how to draw one of the iconic animal characters from Rachel’s books, illustrated by the talented Jim Field.

4 - 8
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W6

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

6-8
Parents must attend but do not require a ticket
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Rooted Forest School

Event HD7

Laura Dockrill

My Mum is Growing Down!

Venue: Starlight Stage

Most people's mums are grown-ups but Laura Dockrill's mum is growing down. A collection of hilarious, silly, and occasionally soppy poems guaranteed to make you smile. Join Laura for a fun-filled session of rhymes, stories and joining in.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD12

Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons

The Dragonsitter

Venue: Starlight Stage

What does it take to be a Dragonsitter? Could you be one? This is your opportunity to find out. Join the author and illustrator to learn about The Dragonsitter series in a fun-filled event packed full of storytelling and live-drawing.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W18

Sophy Henn

Almost Anything

Venue: Cube

Join Sophy for a storytelling session and live draw-along where children will learn how to depict some of the adorable animal characters from her book Almost Anything, and then make their own magic hats; materials provided.

 

4-8
This event is sold out, but there is still availability over the rest of the programme. Please go ahead and browse through the listings.
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Event W23

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Rooted Forest School

Event HD17

Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli in conversation with Gemma Cairney

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Meet the authors as they continue to inspire with a second volume of stories. The Rebel Girls movement, empowering girls and women through the brilliant examples of many extraordinary women who have changed, and are changing, the world, has started a new conversation about role models for girls amongst parents, teachers and politicians. Written in the style of a bedtime story, each account is beautifully illustrated by a female artist and highlights the incredible achievements of women past and present. “I hope this beautiful book will continue to inspire girls to set high goals for themselves - because you don't need to be an adult to change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai

6+
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Event HD19

Michael Morpurgo and Barroux

In the Mouth of the Wolf – live drawing event

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Michael Morpurgo is joined by the French illustrator of his remarkable new true story, about his two uncles, Pieter and Francis, one an airman and the other an SOE (Special Operations Executive) in the Second World War. The event will include reading by the author and live drawing by Barroux.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD21

James Campbell

Stand up for Kids

Venue: Oxfam Moot

A stand-up comedy show for children, their parents and anyone who likes laughter without the rude words. Hold on to your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy the best comedy for kids from the man who invented it.  James’s show will find The Hilariously Funny Things about everything including pets, couscous, spaniels, making your own yoghurt, bees and why we have hair.

6+
Price: £7.00
 
 
James Campbell

Event W147

Building with Books

Venue: Mess Tent
Create constructions using old books as your building blocks. Hay Castle Trust explores buildings, architecture, engineering and recycling using books from the Castle Honesty Bookshop. Try out different structures and designs such as a book igloo, paperback snake and a fiction den. Real work will begin on the restoration of Hay Castle this year — using stone, wood and steel.
All ages
All day, drop in
Free, drop in
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Event HD23

Judith Kerr talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fifty years of The Tiger who Came to Tea

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.

6-Adult
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD33

Adam Frost

Animal Quiz

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The author of The Awesome Book of Animals wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD35

Steven Butler and Steven Lenton

The Nothing To See Here Hotel

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author and the illustrator welcome you to check in to The Nothing To See Here Hotel – occupied by magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. This series features energetic storytelling from Butler while Lenton will draw you into the adventure as he sketches the characters live on stage and gives you tips on how to create your own magical establishment.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W51

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Event HD38

Jim Smith

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Lollies winner, for a session of stories, laughs and draw-alongs. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry Loser and his mates as well as drawing live portraits of the audience.

7+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD46

AF Harrold

Greta Zargo

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author and poet discusses his latest series Greta Zargo, which stars a schoolgirl turned detective. He will also talk about the Fizzlebert Stump series, The Imaginary and The Song from Somewhere Else. Bring your imagination and find out what fun words can be.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD48

Steve Mould

The Bacteria Book: gross germs, vile viruses and funky fungi

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join the science presenter, YouTube star and author of The Bacteria Book as he introduces the big world of tiny science and microbiology. Through amazing experiments that will make you ‘ooh’ and ‘ew’ in equal measure, budding scientists will learn all about bacteria and their microbial mates, from vile viruses and funky fungi to algae, archaea and protozoa. Discover why bacteria are the most important living organisms on Earth and how they keep our world and our bodies working, from the truly gross and terrifying to the simply amazing.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD49

Beverley Naidoo

One Story, Many Voices and Cinderella of the Nile

Venue: Starlight Stage

For thousands of years, people have been telling stories that are strikingly similar. Beverley introduces Cinderella of the Nile, a 2,000-year-old Greek version of the familiar folk tale that includes the great storyteller Aesop. Drawing from the stories of her own childhood, she will discuss different Cinderella versions and how stories cross boundaries, making new tales out of the old.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W62

Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

Express yourself in this West African Drumming workshop with Senegalese Djembes drums, hand percussion and dance. Be prepared to get energetic.
Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-8
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané