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The HAYDAYS 2017 programme will available in April

Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

Event HD3Saturday 28 May 2016, 11.30am Venue: Starlight Stage

Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

Meet the authors of four of the most talked about YA books: Mind Your Head, CrushTwenty 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.

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Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

A Monster Calls

Event HD6Saturday 28 May 2016, 1pm Venue: Starlight Stage

Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

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.

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Holly Smale

Geek Girl

Event HD11Saturday 28 May 2016, 5.30pm Venue: Oxfam Moot

Holly Smale

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.

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Vanessa Altin

The Pomegranate Tree

Event HD51Wednesday 1 June 2016, 4pm Venue: Cube

Dilvan, a young Kurdish girl, has fled her home in Syria to escape the terror that has overrun her country. In a brief moment of safety she begins to record in her diary the desperate search for her family. Dilvan’s fighting spirit and her compelling story is eloquently told by a journalist who has reported widely on the atrocities in Syria for many newspapers. Real stories such as Dilvan’s inspired her book.

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Melvin Burgess

Junk at 20

Event HD54Thursday 2 June 2016, 11.30am Venue: Starlight Stage

Junk won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Book Prize in 1996. It was criticised for depicting young drug-users. Twenty years on, author Melvin Burgess discusses the book and the controversy that has surrounded it with Julia Eccleshare.

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The Bookseller YA Prize

Event HD57Thursday 2 June 2016, 1pm Venue: Starlight Stage

Join a stellar line-up of some of this year’s shortlisted authors for The Bookseller YA Prize as they are put under the spotlight by the judges before the winner is finally revealed.  And celebrate with them afterwards! This year’s frontrunners are Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Downham, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Johnson, Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill, Mel Salisbury, William Sutcliffe and Lisa Williamson.

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Malorie Blackman

Chasing the Stars

Event HD59Thursday 2 June 2016, 4pm Venue: Telegraph Stage

The author pays tribute to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in this brilliant new novel inspired by Othello. Her heartrending tale blends a love story with a sci-fi twist in an original Space-age adventure. Hear her discuss the story and her own love of Shakespeare with Claire Armitstead of the Guardian.

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Laura Dockrill

Star Cross’d

Event HD65Friday 3 June 2016, 11.30am Venue: Starlight Stage

The poet, writer and illustrator introduces Star Cross’d, her contemporary film version of Romeo and Juliet commissioned for the Shakespeare Lives programme by the British Council. She explores the continuing relevance of the story and its influence on her own writing including Lorali. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Jenny Valentine, Annabel Pitcher and Hayley Long

Family Secrets

Event HD68Friday 3 June 2016, 1pm Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join the three award-winning authors of Fire Colour One, Silence is Goldfish and Sophie Someone to discuss different ways of telling stories about families and the complications of the secrets they keep.

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Cecelia Ahern and Christopher Vick

Event HD72Friday 3 June 2016, 4pm Venue: Cube

The best-selling author of Flawed and the debut author of Kook discuss teen life, the key issues in writing YA fiction and what really matters to their readers. Chaired by HAYDAYS director Julia Eccleshare.

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Miriam Moss and Jon Walter

Survival Tactics

Event HD82Saturday 4 June 2016, 4pm Venue: Cube

Miriam was on a plane that was hijacked in the Middle East when she was 15 and flying without her parents, and Jon survived the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Join them for a discussion on turning fact into fiction.

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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence and Alice Key

Caspar Lee: the Book

Event HD83Saturday 4 June 2016, 5.30pm Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director.

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Emerald Fennell


Event HD88Sunday 5 June 2016, 11.30am Venue: Cube

Emerald Fennell, author and Call the Midwife star talks about her new book: A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet. Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not - a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand...

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Debbie Moon and Leona Vaughan


Event HD89Sunday 5 June 2016, 1pm Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Meet the creators, producers and stars of hot CBBC drama Wolfblood, an award-winning combination of thrilling action and intrigue entwined with stories of secrets and friendships surrounding the mysterious race of Wolfbloods who live among us.

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