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The Detective Dog
Event HD1 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 10am • Venue: Tata Tent
Julia Donaldson gives a first peek at Detective Dog Nell, her latest character, in a sensational all-singing, all-dancing performance. Join Julia and her friends as they introduce a dog who not only has super powers of smell but can also help children learn to read.
Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates
Event HD2 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 10am • Venue: Cube
All aboard The Leaky Battery! In Rise of the Slippery Sea Monster the ever-popular Steampunk Pirates are attacked by a sea monster hungry for gold. Will the pirates by able to defend themselves? The author reveals the amazing powers of these remarkable seafaring heroes with the help of his ukulele and accordion and the singing of some rousing sea shanties. Pirate dress optional.
Event HD3 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 11.30am • Venue: Starlight Stage
Meet the authors of four of the most talked about YA books: Mind Your Head, Crush, Twenty Questions for Gloria and Orange Boy and hear how their books explore the complex and high-octane dramas of adolescence – including aspects of love, hate and psychological pressure.
Event HD4 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 11.30am • Venue: Good Energy Stage
Did you know that we share half of our DNA with a banana? Or that rattlesnakes can kill you even when they are dead? Or that we make better decisions when we need a wee? Test yourself on some of the weird and wonderful science facts explained by the scientist and TV expert best known for the TV series Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.
How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury
Event HD5 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 1pm • Venue: Telegraph Stage
Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series.
A Monster Calls
Event HD6 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 1pm • Venue: Starlight Stage
Described by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”, the award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy has just completed the screenplay for a major motion picture of A Monster Calls. Join him and enjoy a first preview of scenes from the film.
Event HD7 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 2.30pm • Venue: Oxfam Moot
Celebrate everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, on the very first Elmer Day. Listen to the wonderful stories about Elmer, and share in the funny adventures he and his friends get up to. Come dressed in your brightest clothes.
Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Event HD8 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 2.30pm • Venue: Starlight Stage
Horatio Clare weaves a spell-binding story of a rambunctious boy, some remarkable animals, a lot of jokes and a darkly evil magic that Aubrey must bravely defeat if he is to save his father. Peter Florence says, “This is destined to become a children’s classic”.
Amazing Animal Journeys
Event HD9 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 4pm • Venue: Oxfam Moot
The TV presenter and wildlife champion shares his passion for the natural world and his deep understanding of the animals that live in it. In his latest book he looks at the incredible journeys animals make as they migrate across the globe. He is joined by illustrator Jason Crockcroft.
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – The Diamond Chase
Event HD10 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 4pm • Venue: Cube
Shifty McGifty and his accomplice Slippery Sam, a pair of notorious robber dogs, have recently swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. Join their creators as they entertain with the comic rhymes and illustrations from their most recent hit.
Event HD11 • Saturday 28 May 2016, 5.30pm • Venue: Oxfam Moot
The award-winning author as she discusses her best-selling Geek Girl titles, the ups and downs of her previous career as a model and why she loves writing for YA readers. In conversation with Emily Drabble.
Event HD12 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 10am • Venue: Starlight Stage
The writer’s new novel has immigration at its heart. It is the story of Joe’s struggle to save the family-run café in Bryn Mawr that was started before the war by his Italian great-great grandfather. He vows to keep it open, and find out more about his past at the same time, as well as trying to bring a diverse town together through good food and fine times.
Event HD13 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 10am • Venue: Cube
Illustrator and animator Benji Davies describes and demonstrates how he creates his stunningly beautiful picture books. In particular he explores his latest book which touchingly explores how a young child deals with the death of a favourite grandparent.
Event HD14 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 11.30am • Venue: Good Energy Stage
The best-selling author has jokes a-plenty as he talks about Vikings, Romans, My Brother’s Famous Bottom, a karate princess and Streaker, the world-famous, hundred-mile-an-hour dog.
Draw me a City
Event HD15 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 11.30am • Venue: Cube
Watch and join the illustrator on an adventure through some of the world’s iconic cities – London, Paris and New York. Learn how to draw wonderful cityscapes and characters and create your own pictures.
Event HD16 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 1pm • Venue: Cube
A magical making and listening event with a professional storyteller. Hear all the best stories about the loveable Clangers in an event that includes the official Clangers whistle. Following the story there will be the chance to design new Clanger finger puppets and to hear and act out a special new story.
Event HD18 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 2.30pm • Venue: Cube
The author and actor’s hilarious picture-book takes a kindly look at all sorts of interesting and entertaining bods, and shows that being different can be fun. Come and find out more about the Odd Bods and join Steven as he acts out their very special characteristics.
Utterly Amazing Science
Event HD19 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 4pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
Doggy Delights with Pugly and Pug
Event HD20 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 4pm • Venue: Cube
Battle of the Baddies
Event HD21 • Sunday 29 May 2016, 5.30pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace go head-to-head in a battle to find out who is the more terrible of the two. Join the creators of two of the best-loved bad guys as they send their characters into the fight, then vote for the winner in this deadly contest.