Hay Festival 2022 – Children Primary

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Event HD1

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Cressida Cowell

Creativity & Magic

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join Cressida Cowell, bestselling author-illustrator of the much-loved How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series, in her final festival appearance as UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Cressida talks about her books and their inspirations, dragons, wizards and sharing writing and illustration tips. She will also be giving Hay an exclusive sneak peek of her sketchbooks and will read from her new book series, Which Way to Anyway.

Family, 8+ years
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Cressida Cowell

Event HD3

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jacqueline Wilson

The Magic Faraway Tree

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Join Jacqueline Wilson on a magical adventure into Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood. A lifelong fan of Blyton and The Magic Faraway Tree series, Jacqueline has written a new Faraway Tree exploit to delight readers of all ages. There are new and familiar faces to meet and a whole new set of fantastical worlds for readers to explore. Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s bestselling children’s authors. She writes for a wide age range and has legions of fans both in the UK and around the world.

7+ years
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Jacqueline Wilson

Event HD4

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Dom Conlon

Wild Wanderers

Venue: Starlight Stage
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With the aid of a giant world map, Dom Conlon takes children on a journey through the natural world to see how hares adapt to climate, how sharks protect the air we breathe, how the wind brings life to the Amazon rainforest and how life without light would be a difficult thing. Children will leap across the room and make their own Wild Wanderer stories to take away.

3+ years
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Dom Conlon

Event HD5

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Michael Morpurgo talks to Julia Eccleshare

When Fishes Flew

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A chance to hear Michael Morpurgo, bestselling author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, talk about his novel When Fishes Flew, a sweeping story of love and rescue. A memorable journey to the Greek island of Ithaca, and back in time to World War Two, it’s an unforgettable hymn to personal courage, quiet heroism and the legacies of storytelling.

Australian-Greek girl Nandi travels to her ancestors’ home in Ithaca, and discovers, through a friendship with an extremely unusual flying fish, the extraordinary story of her great-aunt Elena and how she became an unsung hero of World War Two – and still is…

Family, 9+ years
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Michael Morpurgo talks to Julia Eccleshare

Event HD6

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Daniel Morden

A Ship of Fools

Venue: Cube
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Award-winning author and storyteller Daniel Morden tells tales from long ago with relish, passion and gusto. Expect magic spells, flying ships, mysterious strangers, dastardly kings, calling out, joining in, foolishness and terrible jokes.

Family, 6+ years
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Daniel Morden

Event HD7

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Lemn Sissay and Greg Stobbs

Don’t Ask the Dragon

Venue: Starlight Stage
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You’re invited to Alem’s birthday party, but where will he be celebrating? Maybe the bear, the fox, the treefrog or the bulldog know? But don’t ask the dragon… or he will EAT you! Join Lemn Sissay and Greg Stobbs for a fun, interactive reading with colouring activities from their new picture book – a heart-warming story about finding joy and home wherever you are.

Family, 4+ years
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Lemn Sissay and Greg Stobbs

Event HD8

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Lenny Henry talks to Nathan Bryon

The Boy With Wings

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join actor, comedian and author Lenny Henry as he talks about his brilliantly funny, action-packed adventure story The Boy With Wings. Twelve-year-old Tunde is an average kid with average friends whose life is turned upside down when, in the middle of a football match, he leaps for the ball and stays in the air – on an enormous pair of wings. He discovers newfound powers and a secret past, and finds out how an average kid can become an extraordinary hero.

9+ years
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Lenny Henry talks to Nathan Bryon

Event HD9

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Smriti Halls

Who Are You?

Venue: Cube
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Join award-winning author and former BookTrust Writer in Residence Smriti Halls for a fun-filled event, jam-packed with games and storytelling. First, it’s all about you as Smriti introduces her new picture book Who Are You? which celebrates the pieces, places and people that make us who we are. Discover Smriti’s inspiration and draw a doodle that represents you.

3+ years
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Smriti Halls

Event HD11

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Madeleine Finlay

Beetles for Breakfast

Venue: Cube
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Find out why eating insects, getting inspiration from desert-dwelling bugs and even using poo for power could help us lead more environmentally friendly lives in the future. Author, scientist and BBC presenter Madeleine Finlay will discuss some of the weird and wacky ideas scientists have to live greener. You’ll get the chance to try some insects and design your own bug-based menu.

5+ years
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Madeleine Finlay

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 HD12

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Pamela Butchart

Wigglesbottom Primary: The Talking Lamb

Venue: Starlight Stage
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It’s time to return to the hilarious Wigglesbottom Primary with superstar author Pamela Butchart. Expect mayhem, chaos and a school trip that goes a bit pear-shaped because of a lamb that’s just been introduced to Year 2. Let your imagination run riot in this laugh-out-loud event.

5+ years
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Pamela Butchart

Event HD13

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

David Farr talks to Julia Eccleshare

The Book of Stolen Dreams

Venue: Cube
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Step inside the pages of an immortal adventure with master storyteller, BBC film and screenwriter David Farr and discover a truly unforgettable journey of wonder, courage and magic. One of the UK’s leading screenwriters, David has a knack for creating magical stories and this tale of a stolen book, inspired by David’s own family history, will have you riveted.

9+ years
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David Farr talks to Julia Eccleshare

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 HD14

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Michael Morpurgo talks to Ian McMillan

There Once is a Queen

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Michael Morpurgo discusses his commemorative gift book There Once is a Queen, published to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and gorgeously illustrated by Michael Foreman. This very special book begins with the Queen as a child, planting an oak tree with her father, and follows her story in a way that brings her historic reign vividly to life for readers around the globe, big and small.

Family, 4+ years
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Michael Morpurgo talks to Ian McMillan

Event HD15

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Michelle Paver

Wolfbane

Venue: Cube
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Travel back six thousand years into the Forest of the Stone Age: a world of myth, menace, natural magic and exhilarating adventure. Michelle Paver shares the secrets behind her bestselling Wolf Brother series and reveals how Torak, Renn and Wolf face their deadliest challenge yet in Wolfbane, the thrilling final book. Will this adventure be the end for Wolf?

9+ years
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Michelle Paver

Event HD16

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Dr Ranj

Brain Power

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Discover how to train your brain and become the best you can be with the nation’s favourite doctor. Dr Ranj not only tells you how it works but also shows you how to train it to get better at stuff you find difficult. Following Dr Ranj’s advice will help you learn how to make the most of your brain and to keep your mind happy and healthy.

7+ years
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Dr Ranj

Event HD17

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Petr Horácek

A Best Friend for Bear

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Pencils at the ready in this interactive event with the award-winning picture book illustrator, creator of Puffin Peter, Blue Penguin and Silly Suzy Goose. In Petr’s new book A Best Friend for Bear, finding a best friend isn’t easy, especially when you’re a bear. How lonely Black Bear meets Brown Bear and how together they decide to search for a friend for them both is a touching story that everyone can relate to.

3+ years
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Petr Horácek

Event HD18

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Onjali Q Raúf

Hope on the Horizon

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join Onjali Q Raúf as she talks about the inspirations behind her bestselling books, what she loved to read as a child, her work with refugees – and all the wonderful people everywhere who help others, whenever they can, wherever they are. Learn how you, too, can use empathy to help make the world a better place.

9+ years
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Onjali Q Raúf

Event HD19

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Laura Dockrill

Punk Rocker Poodle

Venue: Cube
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No school. No THANKS. No. NO. NO! This punk rocker poodle is full of attitude. All she wants to do is stomp and stamp and pout, romping through the house and round and round at playgroup. That is, until naptime, when all she really wants is a… CUDDLE! Join Laura Dockrill for a funky, musical event full of anarchy, fun and a whole lot of attitude.

3+ years
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Laura Dockrill

Event HD21

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Beano Boomics

Two Eds and a Million Stories

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Come and join the fun in this interactive session with Editorial Director Craig Graham and Creative Director Mike Stirling from the Beano Studios. Together they are in charge of making sure that everything in the Beano is as funny and naughty as it can possibly be. They will also tell some favourite jokes from IP Daley’s latest boomic, Attack of the Evil Veg!

6+ years
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