HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Julia Green and Natasha Farrant

Adventure Fiction

Venue: Starlight Stage

The authors of To the End of the World and The Children of Castle of Rock discuss the great tradition of adventure stories and the delights of writing modern tales to add to it with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

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Event HD4

Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The winner of the 2017 Hay Festival Medal for Fiction returns to launch the paperback of her new book. Best known for her world-conquering How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida will talk about her inspiration, give tips on becoming an author or illustrator, and share amazing behind-the-scenes details about how the Dragon books became films. Cressida has been an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for a decade and The Wizards of Once won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story this year.

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Event HD6

Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

Illegal

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the authors and illustrator behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels as they present their new book Illegal and take you on an epic and heart-breaking journey across continents. Hear how their graphic novel came to be, the real-life stories behind the headlines and what it takes to make a graphic novel.

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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 may attend but do not require a ticket)

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Event HD9

Andy Stanton

'Natboff!' and the madcap world of Mr Gum

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join the ridiculously funny writer for an hour of joyous nonsense as he talks about the amazingly successful Mr Gum series, as well as his new book, Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity, which is just as epically surreal as it sounds. There’ll be plenty of laughter, silly voices and horrible, horrible singing – in short, business as usual. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face (or add an extra one if you were already smiling to begin with.)

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Event HD13

M G Leonard and Max Barclay

Battle of the Beetles

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Meet the beetles that inspired the entomological trilogy.  M.G Leonard and Max Barclay, Curator and Collections Manager of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum, introduce the wonderful world of beetles through the important collection owned by the Museum, which is where the trilogy begins. Starring actual beetles from Charles Darwin’s Beagle voyage and from the Alfred Russel Wallace collection.

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Event HD15

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

StarFinder for Beginners

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky? Join the Space scientist and BBC 4’s The Sky at Night presenter as she speaks about her passion for the stars. Take a journey through the constellations and find out how to begin stargazing with her new bookA must for budding astronomers.

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Event HD16

Joe Berger

Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth

Venue: Starlight Stage

Have you ever told a fib? Allow this author and illustrator to introduce you to Sam Lyttle, the boy who can’t stop telling porkies and the hero of two graphic novels Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth. Sam’s fibbing gets him mixed up in some very twisty situations (rather like the younger Joe Berger himself). Armed with a pen and a flipchart, Joe draws audiences into Sam’s world and gives tips to budding cartoonists on how to draw comic strips.

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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 may attend but do not require a ticket)

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Event HD18

Sophie Anderson, Juliette Forrest, James Nicol

Mysterious magic

Venue: Starlight Stage

Three authors discuss the very different ways in which the power of magic and mystery enhance their stories with reference to their books The House with Chicken Legs, Twister and A Witch Alone. Chaired by Sian Cain.

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Ben Newman

Professor Astro Cat

Venue: Cube

A hands-on, family, drawing and mark makingworkshop where children can create their dream school, library and bedroom based on the Nobrow magazine illustrator's work. Would you include a ball pool, a cinema, or a slide…or all of these and more? It’s entirely up to you; materials provided.

(parents and children need tickets)

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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
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Event HD24

Will Mabbitt

Embassy of the Dead

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The writer introduces the first title in his spookily thrilling new series. Everything about Embassy of the Dead is terrifying as Jake discovers when he opens a strange box and finds a severed finger inside. How will he escape being dragged into the Eternal Void? Join the discussion on creating a world where the living meet the dead.

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Event HD25

Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers – Hetty Feather Series

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join us for an afternoon with the much-loved author and discover how she started her writing career and created some of her most popular characters, then hear about her brand new book, Rose Rivers.

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There will be signed bookplates available for book sales in the Bookshop.
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Event HD29

Robin Ince and Christopher Edge

Science in Stories: The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the stand-up comedian and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, as they tackle questions of science and creativity, puzzling over mysteries such as black holes, the Big Bang and the nature of reality as explored in their books The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I.

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Event HD36

Andy Mulligan talks to Claire Armitstead

Dog

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and author of Trash as he discusses his most recent book, the story of the changing relationship that develops between a boy and his new dog, Spider. Spider helps Tom manage things when his life at home and at school is spinning out of control and in return Tom gives Spider all the love and attention he needs. Both grow stronger as a result. Dog is a book about trust, standing up for yourself, and learning to love.

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Event HD37

Kevin Crossley Holland and Francesca Simon

Norse Myths: Tales of Thor, Loki and Odin

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join these master storytellers in their modern interpretations of the Norse myths. Kevin draws on his study of the mythology to bring together these great stories in a stunningly illustrated anthology. While equally well versed in the myths but taking greater liberties with them, Francesca's vibrant re-workings, including The Lost Gods and The Monstrous Child, and her picture-book Hack and Wack, show how resonant the old stories are today. Chaired by Sian Cain.

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Event HD40

Chris Bradford

Bodyguard: Fugitive

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author launches his new book, Fugitive, with a high-energy, immersive experience and live performance. Teen bodyguards Charley and Connor protect the world’s high-profile figures in the most testing of situations. But when the bodyguard is the target, who protects him or her? Learn bodyguard skills from the author (trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship) before putting these skills to the test. Will you spot the killer in the crowd?

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Event HD41

Katherine Rundell and Lauren St John

Storytelling and the Influences of Childhood

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join these two brilliant writers as they discuss their titles The Girl Savage and The Explorer, and Kat Wolfe Investigates and The Snow Angel and the influence that their childhoods growing up in Zimbabwe had on their writing. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Event HD43

Francesca Simon, Steven Butler, Gwen Lowe

Big, bad Characters for Big Adventures

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace already have a great reputation for badness. Alice Dent is busy making one. Join broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes for a discussion with their creators about why these larger-than-life characters are so popular.

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