Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HD1

Julia Donaldson and Friends

The Gruffalo is 20!

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Celebrate The Gruffalo’s 20th birthday with Julia Donaldson and friends for a fun-packed hour of stories and songs based on her bestselling books. Performing alongside her guitar-playing husband Malcolm and other actors, they will also bring to life her brand new stories The Cook and the King and The Go-Away Bird. Get ready to join in! 

3+
Family Show.
Price: £8.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event HD7

The Elmer Show

Elmer’s 30th Birthday Surprise

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Elmer the patchwork elephant loves making his friends laugh, but doesn’t like being different. After trying to hide his true colours, his friends help him discover that being himself is more fun than he could have imagined. Now, as everyone knows, elephants never forget – especially when it is a birthday. But sometimes humans do. So come and help Elmer’s storyteller friend plan a special birthday surprise for Elmer by stomping through an interactive storytime, trumpeting along with songs and coming up with ways to make Elmer feel extra special on his birthday.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 
The Elmer Show

Event HD14

Nicola Davies

Animal Surprises

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Discover the delights of nature with the zoologist, poet and bestselling children’s book author as she takes you through the jungle, dives deep down into the sea and climbs high up into the trees to uncover animals big, small, wide and tall.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD19

Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank

B is for Baby

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join storyteller Atinuke and illustrator Angela Brooksbank for a captivating read-along brought to life with live illustration. Hear fascinating folk tales from the bustling city in Nigeria where she grew up as she brings to life traditional stories from her childhood. Full of warmth and colour, Atinuke’s storytelling will have little ones mesmerised.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD21

BookTrust Storytime Prize

Shortlist celebration hosted by Baroness Floella Benjamin

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Come and snuggle up with the six shortlisted authors and illustrators of the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2019! This will be a glorious celebration of the very best books for sharing with babies and young children. There will be live readings of the books and a chance to make some noise, all hosted by children’s champion and former Play Away and Play School presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin. To find out more about BookTrust visit booktrust.org.uk.

Family event – aimed at families with young children and babies
Price: £8.00
 
 
BookTrust Storytime Prize

Event HD24

The Booktrust Storytelling Event

Venue: Hay Public Library
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A special storytime session with some of Wales’ finest librarians. Join BookTrust Cymru to share and celebrate some of the titles shortlisted for the new BookTrust Storytime Prize (Best Book for Sharing), as well as some of our favourite bilingual Bookstart books. This is a bilingual session in English and Welsh – suitable for Welsh learners.

Family – 0–4
Free – drop in
The Booktrust Storytelling Event

Event HD27

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Barry the Fish with Fingers

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet for a brand new singing-and-prancing show. Supertato and Barry the Fish with Fingers are back and this time they are joined by new friends, Cake and Snowball. Find out more about their fun-filled stories in this mad-capped interactive and veg-tastic event.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD28

Discover Story Building

Bear Hunt

Venue: Cube
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Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) as they swish-swash, splash-splosh, squelch-squerch, stumble-trip and tiptoe their way through this classic adventure from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Help celebrate the 30th year of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this interactive storytelling event.

0–3 – older siblings welcome
30 mins
Price: £7.00
 
 
Discover Story Building

Event HD33

Discover Story Building

Bear Hunt

Venue: Cube
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Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) as they swish-swash, splash-splosh, squelch-squerch, stumble-trip and tiptoe their way through this classic adventure from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Help celebrate the 30th year of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this interactive storytelling event.

0–3 – older siblings welcome
30 mins
Price: £7.00
 
 
Discover Story Building

Event HD38

A Bottle of Happiness

A Hereford College of Arts Production

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A Bottle of Happiness is a joyous and resonant story about the gift of sharing, written by Pippa Goodhart and illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi. Performing Arts, Music and Contemporary Design Craft students from Hereford College of Arts have teamed up with Tiny Owl Publishing and Claire Coache from Open Sky to bring the story to life on stage as a playful, uplifting and creative performance accompanied by original music.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD40

Yuval Zommer

The Big Book of Birds

Venue: Cube
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Why is a flamingo pink? Can a parrot talk? Join Yuval to find out about some of the world’s most magnificent feathered creatures. His introductory talk will be followed by an illustration session, where you can create unique feathered friends of your own.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W60

Aušra Kiudulaitė 1

The Fox on the Swing

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join award-winning Lithuanian illustrator Aušra Kiudulaitė for a crafty collaging workshop based on the beautiful children’s book The Fox on the Swing. Create dazzling artwork with Aušra’s help and join Paul and the fox on their fascinating journey of discovery and friendship.

3+
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event W62

Aušra Kiudulaitė 2

The Fox on the Swing

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join award-winning Lithuanian illustrator Aušra Kiudulaitė for a crafty collaging workshop based on the beautiful children’s book The Fox on the Swing. Create dazzling artwork with Aušra’s help and join Paul and the fox on their fascinating journey of discovery and friendship.

3+
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event 227

Steve Box and Sophia Jansson

Moominvalley

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Oscar-winning director Steve Box (The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia introduce the new TV adaptation of the Swedish/Finnish writer-illustrator’s classic and much-loved stories about the Moomins. Directed at a family primetime audience, the drama fantasy series is full of life and laughter for lifelong Moomin fans and complete newcomers alike. The new animation series will be made using state-of-the-art 3D CGI to introduce Moomin to a new generation – and to screens in a way never seen before. Chaired by Francine Stock.

Over 16s
£8.00
 
 
Under 16s
£4.00
 
 

Event HD54

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

Venue: Compass Studio
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It’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th birthday! Eric Carle’s world-famous story is the most read children’s book in Britain. Join us for a fun, interactive storytelling session and caterpillar crafting.

Parents must accompany children under 11, and will need their own ticket.
Please book as many tickets as you need seats (babes in arms don't require their own ticket).

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

Event HD59

Nick Sharratt

Animal Pants

Venue: Starlight Stage
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"Pants for iguanas and ravenous piranhas, groovy pants for gibbons, with pictures of bananas!" Come and join Nick Sharratt as he introduces his latest hilarious picture book.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD62

Oscar’s Book Prize: John Dougherty and Laura Hughes

There’s a Pig Up My Nose!

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join the author and illustrator of this gloriously silly story for a fun-filled event packed with songs and games. Laura Hughes and John Dougherty will sing and sketch their way through what happens when little Natalie enlists the help of her classmates after waking up one day with a pig up her nose. The story is the 2018 winner of Oscar’s Book Prize, which celebrates the best pre-school book of the year. Named after Oscar Ashton, a book-loving boy who died aged three-and-a-half, it is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD72

Adam & Charlotte Guillain

Jelly Beans for Giants and Molly’s Magic Wardrobe

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Ever wondered what a giant’s favourite treat is, or how to find a fairy’s missing wand? Join the Guillains in fairyland and see what happens when you climb a beanstalk. Packed with storytelling and songs – get ready to laugh and sing along.

3+
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Event W113

Foraging With Kids Workshop 1

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Venue: Wild Garden
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Join author Adele Nozedar and illustrator Lizzie Harper as they bring to life their most recent book, Foraging With Kids. Adele will help you find tasty wild edibles and Lizzie will get you drawing them! We’ll make the most amazing nature table on the planet and there will be samples of yummy stuff made using wild ingredients.

3+
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Event HD84

Dapo Adeola and Nathan Bryon

Look Up!

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join author and illustrator Nathan and Dapo for an out-of-this-world event! Enjoy a lively hour full of storytelling, fun facts and top drawing tips from this exciting debut duo.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

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