Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Children Primary

Event HD2

David Walliams

Ten years of Glorious Stories

Venue: Tata Tent
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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. David will be discussing his writing with Gemma Cairney.

6+
There will be a limited number of pre-signed books available in the Festival bookshop
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Event HD3

Julia Green and Natasha Farrant

Adventure Fiction

Venue: Starlight Stage
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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.

9+
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Event HD93

Rachel Bright

The Squirrels who Squabbled

Venue: Compass
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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
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Rachel Bright

Event W5

Rooted Forest School

Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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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.

4-6
Parents must attend but do not require a ticket
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Event HD4

Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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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.

9+
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Event HD5

Andy Stanton

Going to the Volcano

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join the one and (thankfully) only, irrepressibly silly author in an event for younger readers and their families. He reads from Danny McGee Drinks the Sea and previews his latest picture-book, Going to the Volcano, featuring Jane-o, Dwayne-o, a Great Dane-o, a train-o… and, of course, a VOLCANO! Colourful, loud, energetic and hilarious – and that’s just Andy Stanton. Come along for an unforgettable journey and enjoy the fun. You’ll erupt with laughter.

3+
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Event W6

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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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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Event HD6

Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

Illegal

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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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.

9+
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Event HD98

Clara Vulliamy

Dotty Detective

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Come and meet the author and illustrator of the Dotty Detective series. Dot and her best friend Beans love cracking codes, poring over puzzles and solving mysteries. Hear all about them in this fun session, and you might pick up some top detective tips to take home, too.
6+
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Event W9

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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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)

9-11
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Event HD97

Oscar’s Book Prize presents Rachel Bright

Venue: Compass
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A special story time with prize-winning children’s author Rachel Bright. Includes The Koala Who Could, her empowering tale of a koala called Kevin who learns that change can bring new and wonderful things, which was the 2017 winner of Oscar’s Book Prize. The best under-fives' book award is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust.

Free but ticketed
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Oscar’s Book Prize presents Rachel Bright

Event W12

Rooted Forest School

Fire and Cooking Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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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)

4-6
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Event HD9

Andy Stanton

'Natboff!' and the madcap world of Mr Gum

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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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.)

9+
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Event HD11

Rob Biddulph

Dinosaur Juniors: Happy Hatchday

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Join the author and illustrator for a dinosaur event with a difference. Hear Rob talk about how he became a children’s author and illustrator, listen to him read from his latest book and take part in creating some dinosaurs of your own.

3+
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Event HD12

Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons

The Dragonsitter

Venue: Starlight Stage
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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+
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Event W21

Rooted Forest School

Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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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)

4-6
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Event W18

Sophy Henn

Almost Anything

Venue: Cube
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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
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Event HD13

M G Leonard and Max Barclay

Battle of the Beetles

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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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.

9+
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Event W22

Katie Harnett

Make a Raincloud Friend

Venue: Cube
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The author's picture-book Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud is a heart-warming tale about finding friendship in unexpected places. Enjoy the story and help our magical paper-flower garden grow by making your very own raincloud friend.

 

3-6
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Event W23

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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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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