Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2023

Welcome to the Winter Weekend 2023 programme​. You can purchase individual tickets for in-person live events or, if you are unable to come to Hay, you can watch the festival from your own home with an Online Festival Pass.
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Event C1

Book Art Workshop with Kate Kato

Make a Moth Out of Old Books

 Hay Castle - Clore Learning Space

Give an old book a new lease of life by turning it into a work of art. Paper artist Kate Kato leads a special workshop, where you will learn how to make a moth from the pages of an old book and get inspiration for future projects.

The event’s theme of moths is inspired by Hay Castle’s Dark Skies exhibition and all materials are provided.

Kato uses discarded paper, wire and thread to make intricate, life-sized sculptures of plants, insects and more from the natural world.

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Event C5

Writing Workshop with Tiffany Murray

 Hay Castle - Clore Learning Space

An exclusive one day writing workshop exploring story writing, exploring themes from your own life and memories. If you have the urge to write but don’t know where to begin or have made a start but need fresh impetus to push on through to the end of a draft, this day is for you. Drawing on fiction and memoir, we will play with the toolbox a new writer needs: character, story, structure, and setting. Tiffany will lead you through practical writing exercises, and the day will be supportive, productive, creative, and fun.

Tiffany Murray’s memoir, My Family and Other Rock Stars is published by Little Brown in 2024. Her novels Diamond Star Halo, Happy Accidents and Sugar Hall, have variously been shortlisted for the Wodehouse Bollinger Prize and received the Roger Deakin Award for nature writing. Tiffany has been a Hay Festival Fiction Fellow, a Fulbright scholar, and a Senior Lecturer. Her series, ‘Hulda’s Café’ is available on BBC Radio 4.

The workshop is for adults only, and is limited to 12 people.

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Event C6

Dark Skies Lantern Workshop

 Hay Castle - Coach House

Join us to make your own glowing and glorious festive lantern using recycled materials.

The workshop will be held in the Coach House at Hay Castle, so we suggest you dress warmly and ready to get a little bit messy.

5 - 12 years
One parent/carer must attend but does not need a ticket.
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Event C7

Crafting Space Workshop

 Hay Castle - Coach House

Come along to explore and learn about the solar system, before making your own planets wrapped in wool or a model of Jupiter using galaxy play dough.

The workshop will be held in the Coach House at Hay Castle, so we suggest you dress warmly and ready to get a little bit messy.

4 - 10 years
Children must be accompanied by an adult (no ticket required)
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Event C8

Night Photography Workshop

 Hay Castle - Coach House

Ever wanted to take a photo of the magnificence of the night sky, but only succeeded in capturing a dull blue and a blurred moon? Then come along to this night photography workshop, where you’ll learn photography techniques for your phone, including how to take a star trail photo.

12 - 16 years
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Event C11

Writing Workshop with Kim Sherwood

 Hay Castle - Clore Learning Space

Join writer Kim Sherwood, the first woman to write an official James Bond book, to explore how crime fiction comes together from a writer’s perspective.

Sherwood will lead a discussion and practical exercises on creating compelling characters, structuring story and developing setting.

This workshop, for adults only, will offer a look at the crime genre with guidance on how to make it your own.

Sherwood’s Double or Nothing is the first novel in a new series of books set in the universe of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. Her first novel Testament won the Bath Novel Award and Harper’s Bazaar Big Book Award. In 2019, she was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

Sherwood is the creative writing lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

18+
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Event C12

Rocket Creation Workshop

 Hay Castle - Coach House

Join us to create your own intergalactic rocket or space shuttle using recycled materials.

The workshop will be in the Coach House at Hay Castle, so we suggest you dress warmly and ready to get a little bit messy.

5 - 12 years
Children must be accompanied by an adult (no ticket required)
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