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ConversationAlex Wheatle in conversation with Clive Myrie

Event F8

Alex Wheatle in conversation with Clive Myrie

(Un)scripted: Crongton and Beyond

–  Spring Stage
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Award-winning author, playwright and screenwriter Alex Wheatle’s work often explores themes of identity, race and social injustice, drawing on his own experiences as a black British man. Alex was born in Brixton, South London, in 1963. His parents were Jamaican immigrants and he grew up in a children’s home after being placed there by social services at the age of six. In 1981, Alex went to prison for his involvement in the Brixton riots: this transformational period in his life was adapted for screen in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe production. With BBC broadcaster Clive Myrie, Alex discusses his life experiences and how they have shaped his writing, including the final book in his bestselling Crongton series – In The Ends.

12+ years
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WorkshopCreative Writing Workshop

Event W8

Creative Writing Workshop

With Sarah Crossan

–  Creative Hub
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How do stories start? Where can we find them? And how do we know whether or not what we’ve written is even good enough? Sarah Crossan, award-winning author of The Weight of Water, Apple and Rain, will lead you in a series of poetry and prose exercises designed to build confidence and get your pen moving. This workshop is for all writers, from beginners to experienced.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

12+ years
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WorkshopRotoscope Animation Workshop

Event W15

Rotoscope Animation Workshop

With MASH Cinema

–  Creative Hub
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Rotoscope and remix! Leave your mark – help reanimate, reimagine and remix short films with visual artists MASH Cinema. During the workshop you’ll experiment with techniques pioneered by animator Max Fleischer to produce new moving image artwork in this fun, hands-on collaborative creative project. Completed animations will be available to view online.

12+ years
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ConversationLaura Bates

Event F19

Laura Bates

Sisters of Sword and Shadow

–  Spring Stage
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Take a fresh look at chivalry with activist and bestselling feminist writer Laura Bates. She introduces her new YA fantasy Sisters of Sword and Shadow, a reimagining of the tales of the Arthurian Round Table through a feminist lens. Discover the Sisterhood of Silk Knights who live in a world of ancient feuds and glorious battles and who are determined to protect their community and right the wrongs of men. Laura shares her original inspiration, her action-packed research at Knight school and why she hopes this novel will energise and bring joy to feminists young and old.

14+ years
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ConversationAlex Norris

Event F20

Alex Norris

How to Love

–  Spring Stage
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Who should I love? Can I love more than one person? Is jealousy good or bad? Will I ever love again? From singlehood to happily ever after, internationally renowned comic artist Alex Norris explores nuanced ideas on love in their fresh signature style in How to Love: A Guide to Feelings & Relationships for Everyone. Alex answers these questions, shares how they create their hit comics and reveals why a bright, silly and wonderful book all about love is just the thing you’re looking for.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

12+ years
Price: £7.00
ConversationJessie Yendle

Event F25

Jessie Yendle

Let’s Talk

–  Meadow Stage
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Live your best life with empowering advice from Jessie Yendle, the beauty and self-confidence boosting influencer AKA ‘That Girl with the Stammer on TikTok’. In this empowering event for young adults, Jessie shares her experiences and how she learnt to challenge herself to ‘have a go’. She offers a safe space to help you increase your positivity, let go of the things that bother you and deal with your anxieties. Inspired by her book Let’s Talk, Jessie gives tips to boost confidence and support positive mental health – and she’ll answer your questions too.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

BSL Used HereThere will be a BSL interpreter at this event

13+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopRotoscope Animation Workshop

Event W25

Rotoscope Animation Workshop

With MASH Cinema

–  Creative Hub
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Rotoscope and remix! Leave your mark – help reanimate, reimagine and remix short films with visual artists MASH Cinema. During the workshop you’ll experiment with techniques pioneered by animator Max Fleischer to produce new moving image artwork in this fun, hands-on collaborative creative project. Completed animations will be available to view online.

12+ years
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ConversationJeffrey Boakye

Event F29

Jeffrey Boakye

Musical World

–  Meadow Stage
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Tune in to BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Jeffrey Boakye to discover modern world history as you’ve never heard it before! The critically acclaimed author of Musical Truth presents Musical World, a new book and soundtrack charting pivotal historical moments from across the globe. Explore the cultural, political and societal impact of various music genres and musicians, including artists Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Lil Nas X and many more.

Family, 11+ years
Price: £7.00
ConversationHolly Jackson talks to Samantha Soar

Event F36

Holly Jackson talks to Samantha Soar

The Reappearance of Rachel Price

–  Wye Stage
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Holly Jackson discusses her new novel The Reappearance of Rachel Price with TikToker Samantha Soar, giving us clues on how she crafts such fiendishly compelling crime thrillers. Holly is the UK’s Number One YA author of 2023 and the mastermind behind the bestselling series A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (soon to be a major BBC 3 series).

14+ years
Price: £7.00
ConversationBenjamin Dean talks to Jack Edwards

Event F40

Benjamin Dean talks to Jack Edwards

How to Die Famous

–  Spring Stage
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Peep through the lens of an undercover teen journalist following the lives of Gen Z’s rich and famous… In conversation with the internet’s resident librarian Jack Edwards, award-winning author Benjamin Dean (The King is Dead) draws on his previous career as a celebrity journalist, examining the dark underbelly of showbiz. Come and get the low-down on his deliciously dark and addictive thriller.

On the face of things, Abel is Hollywood’s latest teen star, but in fact he’s on a mission to expose the entertainment industry and the part it played in his brother’s ‘accidental’ death. He soon discovers that beneath the glittering surface of fame lies a darker world of secrecy, scandal and murder.

14+ years
Price: £7.00
TalkBen Martynoga

Event F49

Ben Martynoga

Explodapedia: Rewild

–  Spring Stage
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Plunge into the science of rewilding with biologist and author Ben Martynoga. He celebrates nature and the incredible ways it keeps us alive, and explores how we can welcome the wild on a personal and epic scale. River-nurturing wolves, tree-toppling beavers, climate warrior whales and even genetically-engineered woolly mammoths could all help us protect, revive and restore our planet to its full glory. Come and take an inspiring look at how we can rewild life so that nature – and humankind – flourishes for a long time to come.

12+ years
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Price: £7.00
ConversationNia Morais

Event F55

Nia Morais

Writing Ghost Stories

–  Spring Stage
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Join Nia Morais (Bardd Plant Cymru 2023–2025) in this interactive workshop-style event, to write your own ghost story. You’ll learn how to create tension and atmosphere in your writing that will scare and delight your audience.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

12+ years
Price: £7.00
ConversationJulian Sedgwick and Chie Kutsuwada

Event F57

Julian Sedgwick and Chie Kutsuwada

100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Café

–  Spring Stage
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Welcome to the Tokyo Ghost Café! Get your sketchbooks at the ready as author Julian Sedgwick and Manga artist Chie Kutsuwada take you on an incredible journey, introducing the weird and wonderful Japanese spirits, or yokai. Learn about their unique collaboration style, the influence of Japanese culture on their books and join in with live Manga drawing with Chie.

12+ years
Please bring your own sketchbook and pencils to draw along in this event.
Price: £7.00
WorkshopCasi Wyn and guests

Event 403

Casi Wyn and guests

Wales: a culture of peace

–  Writers at Work Hub – Hwb Awduron wrth eu Gwaith
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A hundred years since the Welsh Women's Peace Petition in 1923-24, the young people of Wales are amplifying their call in 2024 with this year's Urdd Peace and Goodwill Message. To mark this moment, Codi Pais magazine launches a special issue celebrating a cultural legacy of peace that's still practiced by Welsh women today.
Join poet Casi Wyn as she meets some of the young women who participated in forming this year's Urdd Peace and Goodwill Message, and reflect on how contemporary Wales continues to play its part in fostering a culture of peace today.

Price: £7.00
ConversationDanielle Jawando

Event F58

Danielle Jawando

If My Words Had Wings

–  Spring Stage
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Take flight with 2023 YA Book Prize winner Danielle Jawando in this creative writing and poetry session based on her latest YA novel, If My Words Had Wings. With plenty of interaction and top tips from a pro-writer, you’ll learn how to develop, hone and craft your authentic voice within your writing.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

14+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopIllustration Workshop: Save the River Wye! Protest Posters

Event W56

Illustration Workshop: Save the River Wye! Protest Posters

With the University of Worcester Illustration Department

–  Creative Hub
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Design your own character for a protest poster supporting the protection of the River Wye. Work with mixed media and printmaking techniques to create your poster. All materials are provided.

12+ years
No parent/carer attendance nor sign in/out is required
Price: £10.00
WorkshopCreative Writing Workshop

Event W63

Creative Writing Workshop

With Laura Dockrill

–  Creative Hub
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You are enough. You are interesting. Tell your story. Everybody can write. In this creative writing workshop Laura Dockrill, celebrated author of You Are a Story, shows how creativity can be your most valuable tool in living life your way. She opens the way to self-care, imagination and finding the stories that only you can tell. Whether you want to write for yourself or put your work out into the world, writing is for everyone.

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12+ years
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ConversationOliver Jeffers

Event F67

Oliver Jeffers

Begin Again

–  Wye Stage
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How did we get here, and where are we heading? Soak up some ideas from the globally-renowned artist and bestselling author Oliver Jeffers as he discusses his new picture book, Begin Again: The Story of How We Got Here and Where We Might Go. This powerful and thought-provoking visual examination of the state of the world builds upon Jeffers’ artistic exploration of humankind’s impact on itself and on our planet.

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10+ years/adult
Price: £7.00
ConversationCasi Wyn

Event F68

Casi Wyn

Express Yourself

–  Spring Stage
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Former Bardd Plant Cymru, Casi Wyn invites you to write your own poems and lyrics - inspired by the things that are important to us.Take a deep dive into your own imagination to find treasures and passions that only poetry and song can reveal. Casi is a familiar face in Wales, having composed original musical and lyrical works for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Sinfonia Cymru. She is Creative Director of Codi Pais, a magazine and independent publisher that platforms new and diverse voices in Wales.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

12+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopCreative Writing Workshop

Event W65

Creative Writing Workshop

With Laura Dockrill

–  Creative Hub
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You are enough. You are interesting. Tell your story. Everybody can write. In this creative writing workshop Laura Dockrill, celebrated author of You Are a Story, shows how creativity can be your most valuable tool in living life your way. She opens the way to self-care, imagination and finding the stories that only you can tell. Whether you want to write for yourself or put your work out into the world, writing is for everyone.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

14+ years
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ConversationRuchira Gupta

Event F74

Ruchira Gupta

I Kick and I Fly

–  Writers at Work Hub – Hwb Awduron wrth eu Gwaith
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Ruchira Gupta tells the courageous story of a young girl in India who faces being sold into the sex trade by her father to repay his loans. After a chance meeting with a kung fu instructor, 14-year-old Heera realises there is another way – using her body to protect herself and those she loves. So when her best friend from school goes missing, Heera embarks on a daring rescue mission that will take her all the way to New York.

Gupta is founder-president of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an anti-sex trafficking organisation that has helped thousands of girls and women in India leave a life of forced prostitution. She is a social justice activist, feminist campaigner, Emmy Award-winning documentarian and professor at New York University who has dedicated her life to creating a world where no child is bought or sold. I Kick and I Fly is her debut novel.

13+ years
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Price: £7.00
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ConversationKrystal Sutherland

Event F78

Krystal Sutherland

The Invocations

–  Spring Stage
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Unlock the mystic art of curse writing in this hands-on ‘invocations’ workshop, where you’ll craft personalised spells with Krystal Sutherland, inspired by the witchy world of The Invocations. Join the bestselling author for an enchanting session of creativity and magic, and leave with your own bespoke curse. No humans are harmed in the making of this curse!

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14+ years
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Price: £7.00