Hay Festival 2022 – Workshops

As part of our 2021 Festival programme, we invite you to get creative with some dynamic and interactive workshops. Imagine what it's like to be a hedgehog with The School of Life; work with students from Hereford College of Arts to create a book or an animation using recycled materials or enjoy a poetry show. You can learn to code with the University of Oxford or explore biodiversity with Head 4 Arts and WWF Cymru. These events are for children aged 4–11 and are free to watch again and again..

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Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Book Collaging Workshop

Venue: Summerhouse
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A one-hour collaging workshop with Hay Festival Illustrator in Residence Tom Etherington and Bethan Thomas, founder of Collage Crew workshops. Tom and Bethan guide you through the playful world of collage. Create striking artwork from old books, while learning about what makes an iconic book cover. Tom is a former Penguin Books designer behind some of the most memorable jacket images of recent times, from Greta Thunberg’s No One is Too Small to Make a Difference and Grayson Perry’s The Descent of Man to the recent Jack Kerouac reissues and the Green Ideas series.

Collaging materials will be provided though you are welcome to bring along your own favourite imagery if you wish
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Book Collaging Workshop

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Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Workshop with Linda Davies

Money: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Venue: Summerhouse
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What every young person needs to know. Join this interactive workshop with bestselling author and financial empowerment guide Linda Davies, where you’ll learn how to create a healthy relationship with money.

14+ years
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Workshop with Linda Davies

Event W3

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Book Collaging Workshop

Venue: Summerhouse
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A one-hour collaging workshop with Hay Festival Illustrator in Residence Tom Etherington and Bethan Thomas, founder of Collage Crew workshops. Tom and Bethan guide you through the playful world of collage. Create striking artwork from old books, while learning about what makes an iconic book cover. Tom is a former Penguin Books designer behind some of the most memorable jacket images of recent times, from Greta Thunberg’s No One is Too Small to Make a Difference and Grayson Perry’s The Descent of Man to the recent Jack Kerouac reissues and the Green Ideas series.

Collaging materials will be provided though you are welcome to bring along your own favourite imagery if you wish.
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Book Collaging Workshop

Event W4

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Workshop: How to Get Your Work Published

With the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize

Venue: Summerhouse
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Join judges and previous nominees and winners of the prestigious Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize for a discussion and Q&A session about the pleasures and pitfalls of getting your work published. Sharing tips and personal experience, panellists will discuss the publication process from first draft through to finding an agent and a publisher.

The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is famous for helping undiscovered female writers launch their literary careers. Founded in 2010, the Prize has gone from strength to strength with many shortlisted authors securing publishing deals. The Prize has developed a formidable reputation for attracting first-class writing talent and the judges seek entries that combine literary merit with unputdownability. Previous winners and nominees include Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Sara Collins’ The Confessions of Frannie Langton and Susan Stokes-Chapman’s Pandora.

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Workshop: How to Get Your Work Published

Event W5

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Book Collaging Workshop

Venue: Summerhouse
Read more

A one-hour collaging workshop with Hay Festival Illustrator in Residence Tom Etherington and Bethan Thomas, founder of Collage Crew workshops. Tom and Bethan guide you through the playful world of collage. Create striking artwork from old books, while learning about what makes an iconic book cover. Tom is a former Penguin Books designer behind some of the most memorable jacket images of recent times, from Greta Thunberg’s No One is Too Small to Make a Difference and Grayson Perry’s The Descent of Man to the recent Jack Kerouac reissues and the Green Ideas series.

Collaging materials will be provided though you are welcome to bring along your own favourite imagery if you wish.
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Book Collaging Workshop

Event W6

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Theraplay Workshop with Vivien Norris

Venue: Summerhouse
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Theraplay is a way of playing with your child which builds and enhances attachment, self-esteem, trust in each other and joyful engagement.The ideas can be used in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important. It is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. Join our family Theraplay group and experience what it’s like! The group will be playful, physical, personal and fun. Everyone joins in so come prepared for activity.

5+ years
A parent/carer must attend but does not require a ticket.
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Event W7

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Theraplay Workshop with Vivien Norris

Venue: Summerhouse
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Theraplay is a way of playing with your child which builds and enhances attachment, self-esteem, trust in each other and joyful engagement.The ideas can be used in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important. It is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. Join our family Theraplay group and experience what it’s like! The group will be playful, physical, personal and fun. Everyone joins in so come prepared for activity.

8+ years
A parent/carer must attend but does not require a ticket.
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Event W8

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Writing the Book You Want to Write: A Forum for Aspiring Fiction Writers

Venue: Summerhouse
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In their newly published handbook for fiction writers, The Book You Need to Read to Write the Book You Want to Write, novelists Sarah Burton and Jem Poster draw on their extensive experience of teaching creative writing in contexts ranging from community education to PhD supervision. Chaired by Gwen Davies, editor of New Welsh Review, this event addresses key issues in fiction writing, allowing ample time for you to ask questions. Whether you’ve already begun to find your way as a writer or are about to take your first steps, the conversation will help you on your journey.

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Writing the Book You Want to Write: A Forum for Aspiring Fiction Writers

Event W9

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Robotics Workshop with Klaudia Krawiecka, Hunar Batra, and Hayyu Imanda

Venue: Summerhouse
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An exciting workshop with plenty of hands-on activities and exciting coding challenges for parents and children who will work together and code Sphero SPRK+ robot to dance to their favourite song. Children will then code their Spheros to race, with amazing prizes for the winning robots.

11–12 years
90 mins
Parents/carers must attend but do not require a ticket.
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Robotics Workshop with Klaudia Krawiecka, Hunar Batra, and Hayyu Imanda

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Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Robotics Workshop with Klaudia Krawiecka, Hunar Batra, and Hayyu Imanda

Venue: Summerhouse
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An exciting workshop with plenty of hands-on activities and exciting coding challenges for parents and children who will work together and code Sphero SPRK+ robot to dance to their favourite song. Children will then code their Spheros to race, with amazing prizes for the winning robots.

12–13 years
90 mins
Parents/carers must attend but do not require a ticket.
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Robotics Workshop with Klaudia Krawiecka, Hunar Batra, and Hayyu Imanda

Event W11

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Strong Young Minds Workshop

Good Mental Health – How To Get It and Keep It

Venue: Summerhouse
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Come and join the CLD Trust and Strong Young Minds champions and wellbeing ambassadors to hear how everyone can improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

YA, 10+ years
Free but ticketed
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Strong Young Minds Workshop

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Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

My3Words Workshop with Rufus Mufasa and Head4Arts

Venue: Summerhouse
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Poetry meets geolocation and augmented reality in this creative writing workshop with a digital dimension. Head4Arts and the multi-talented Rufus Mufasa invite you to come in and find your happy place, inspired by what3words.

Everyone attending requires a ticket

12+ years
Mae’r gweithdy hwn yn ddwyieithog ac yn croesawu siaradwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg. This workshop is bilingual and welcomes both English and Welsh speakers.
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Event W13

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

My3Words Workshop with Rufus Mufasa and Head4Arts

Venue: Summerhouse
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Poetry meets geolocation and augmented reality in this creative writing workshop with a digital dimension. Head4Arts and the multi-talented Rufus Mufasa invite you to come in and find your happy place, inspired by what3words.

Everyone attending requires a ticket

12+ years
Mae’r gweithdy hwn yn ddwyieithog ac yn croesawu siaradwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg. This workshop is bilingual and welcomes both English and Welsh speakers.
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Event W14

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Workshop with Jan Hall

Changing Gear: Creating the Life You Want After a Full-On Career

Venue: Cube
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An accessible and practical look at how to step away from a full-time career to create and transition to a new pattern of life and work. In a world in which we are all living longer, Jan Hall helps us to think deeply about how best to use this extra time. Coping with transition can be hard at every stage of life, but it presents unique challenges as we come to the time of our lives when we are facing the end of full-on, full-time work. She looks at why work is such an important part of a person’s identity, and how challenging it can be when it’s time to change gear.

Offering insight, advice and a practical eight-step transition plan to help you make the right decisions to move from a full-on career to a full-on life, this workshop provides the tools to identify what’s most important and develop the skills needed to cope with change, and create a road map for the future. Jan looks at case studies of people who have transitioned from one career to another and shines a light on the underlying, and sometimes unconscious, psychological and social dynamics involved.

Now, due to the pandemic more than ever, our working lives have changed and we are all getting used to a new way of doing business. Coping with transition is hard and this workshop will help you navigate new ways of working.

Jan Hall is a successful entrepreneur and business leader. She is now an adviser to FTSE 100 CEOs and chairmen. She was a leading global headhunter for over 20 years, has sat as a Non-Executive Director on multiple boards, and coaches top leaders.

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Workshop with Jan Hall

Event W15

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The Library of Life Workshop with Tamar Eluned Williams and Head4Arts

Venue: Summerhouse
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What creature is causing such disruption in the great Library of Life? What is happening to our planet? Join Head4Arts with Tamar Eluned Williams in a storytelling and craft experience exploring climate change and biodiversity crisis.

Mae’r gweithdy hwn yn ddwyieithog ac yn croesawu siaradwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg.

This workshop is bilingual and welcomes both English and Welsh speakers.

6–11 years
Parents/carers must attend but do not require a ticket.
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Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The Library of Life Workshop with Tamar Eluned Williams and Head4Arts

Venue: Summerhouse
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What creature is causing such disruption in the great Library of Life? What is happening to our planet? Join Head4Arts with Tamar Eluned Williams in a storytelling and craft experience exploring climate change and biodiversity crisis.

Mae’r gweithdy hwn yn ddwyieithog ac yn croesawu siaradwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg.

This workshop is bilingual and welcomes both English and Welsh speakers.

6–11 years
Parents/carers must attend but do not require a ticket.
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Event W17

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Writing Workshop with Nikesh Shukla

Venue: Cube
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Learn how to set your goals for your writing, to balance storytelling with structure and build your characters. The editor of The Good Immigrant knows better than most the power that every unique voice has to create change. Whether it’s a novel, personal essay, non-fiction work or short story – or even just the formless desire to write something – this workshop will hone your skills and help you along the way.

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Writing Workshop with Nikesh Shukla

Event W18

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Making Infographics Workshop with Rob Orchard

Venue: Summerhouse
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The author of An Answer for Everything teaches you how to research varied topics from sightings of the Loch Ness Monster through to how many humans have ever lived on Earth. Rob will then show you how to turn this data into glorious data visualisations.

12+ years
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Making Infographics Workshop with Rob Orchard

Event W19

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Workshop with Dorothy Koomson

Finding your voice in fiction

Venue: Summerhouse
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A creative writing workshop with bestselling novelist Dorothy Koomson and the Women’s Prize Trust. If you continually find yourself wowed by the talent that is nominated for literary prizes, you may have wondered how those writers craft memorable characters that spark readers’ imaginations. In this practical and unique workshop with internationally bestselling author and 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction Judge Dorothy Koomson, you’ll discover how to use writing techniques to create fully-rounded, believable characters.

This masterclass, run in partnership with the Women’s Prize Trust (the charity behind the Women’s Prize for Fiction which champions women’s voices on a global stage) will feature a blend of discussion, practical exercises and a Q&A. By gaining insights into the creative process of novel-writing, as well as skills that you can embed into your own work, this unique masterclass will give you confidence to write fiction.

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Workshop with Dorothy Koomson

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Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

How to Make Infographics Workshop with Rob Orchard

Venue: Cube
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The author of An Answer for Everything teaches you how to research topics as varied as sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, the favourite tipple of every nation on Earth and what people really got up to during the Covid lockdowns – and how to turn them into glorious data visualisations.

This workshop is for adults
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How to Make Infographics Workshop with Rob Orchard