Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W3

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode, projecting your monsters all over the Festival site, and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Event W2

Stemettes

Hack the Web

Venue: Cube
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Come and 'hack the web' with Stemettes. Ever wondered what your favourite website would look like if you had control? Have you ever thought you have a better idea? Come and learn the basics of HTML coding – we’ll be ‘hacking’ our favourite websites – legally.  Stemettes app 'OtotheB'.

11-13
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Event W8

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode projecting your monsters all over the Festival site and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Event HD8

David Almond

The Colour of the Sun

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join the author of Skellig in conversation with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust as he introduces his moving, funny and magical new novel,The Colour of the Sun.“The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free.”One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town. As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

12+
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David Almond

Event HD10

Gemma Cairney and Jenny Valentine

Ask Us Anything

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The authors of Open Your Heart and Finding Violet Park, both teen ambassadors, will explore how important it is to talk, with expert advice from Hay Festival Youth Council members Gemma Elgar and Ceri-Anne Gatehouse. Gemma, Jenny, Gemma and Ceri-Anne will be here to discuss everything from self-expression to how to love your body, your friends and your family, with help and advice for times when things feel like they are going wrong.

14+
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Event W19

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode projecting your monsters all over the Festival site and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Event HD14

Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Meet the winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal whose dramatic story, set in 1945, tells of thousands of East Prussian refugees desperate to be saved by the ship the Wilhelm Gustloff. Among them are three children who, forced by circumstances to come together, find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step nearer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. American-Lithuanian Ruta Sepetys discusses her heritage, her experience of writing the novel and her delight at winning the Carnegie Medal with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

12+
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Event W24

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode projecting your monsters all over the Festival site and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Event W31

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

11-13
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Event W35

Anthony Anaxagorou

Poetry workshops

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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How do we write poetry about the familiar? The subject may be your back garden, your local coffee shop or your country of origin. In this poetry masterclass, participants will look at ways in which they can gather important information to build a narrative around place. They will learn how to distil vital aspects and convert subjective ideas into poems. All abilities welcome.

11-16
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Event W147

Building with Books

Venue: Mess Tent
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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 HD28

Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

A Skinful of Shadows

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A unique opportunity to hear from the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree, as she talks about her new novel, an historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.

12+
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Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

Event W45

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

11-13
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Event HD31

Juno Dawson

Clean

Venue: Cube
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The top YA author is widely recognised for her skill in writing powerful stories that include some of the most difficult issues facing YA readers today. Clean is a gripping and moving story that realistically tackles a broad range of issues including drug addiction, gender identity and mental health. In conversation with Amy Forbes-Robertson.

14+
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Event HD32

Tom Abba, Joanna Walsh, Alyssia White and Emma Nuttall

Ambient Literature and the Future of Storytelling

Venue: Compass
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Join the Ambient Literature team and their guests for a discussion exploring the role that digital technologies can play in creating literary experiences that go beyond the page. The ubiquitous smartphone and new digital platforms offer writers and designers the opportunity to explore how we might incorporate new technologies and new stories.

14-Adult
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Tom Abba, Joanna Walsh, Alyssia White and Emma Nuttall

Event W142

Rufus Mufasa

Hip hop/rap workshops

Venue: Cube
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Keep it real with literary activist, pioneering participatory artist, rapper and hip hop educator Rufus Mufasa in this writing and spoken word workshop. Rufus has an infectious enthusiasm that inspires everyone she works with, whether it's prisoners and young offenders in Parc prison or young adults at Hay. Her new album Fur Coats From the Lion's Den was chosen as Wales Arts Review's album of the year.

11-15
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Event W54

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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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.

11-14
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Event HD45

Cat Clarke and Juno Dawson

"We Are Young" and "Clean"

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Cat Clarke’s thriller We Are Young and Juno Dawson’s Clean – a novel of addiction, bullying and gender identity – are powerful examples of YA fiction. Join the writers and two members of the Hay Festival Youth Council, for a discussion of their books and the scope of YA fiction, why they are excited to write it and why it is so influential and popular with readers. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.

14+
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Event HD51

Victor Dixen, Jenny Valentine, Ene Sepp and Janis Jonevs

International Writing for YA readers

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Are themes of childhood and adolescence universal? How are they represented in fiction? Join a panel of YA writers from France, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Latvia and the UK as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing children’s and YA novels in their countries. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

14+
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Event W66

Pam Smy

Illustration Workshop: Thornhill

Venue: Cube
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In this illustration workshop you will work with Pam Smy to explore the relationship between image and text using pen and ink. Thornhill is an eerie and unforgettable first novel describing parallel stories set 25 years apart, which converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the Thornhill Children’s Institute next door. Presented in both prose and exquisite illustration with pen and ink, it is a haunting exploration of human connection, filled with suspense.

12+
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