2016 tickets available now

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We are pleased to announce our full programme.
Our HAYDAYS programme for families and children can be viewed here.
Some events are likely to sell out quickly so please book now.

Charlie Higson & Darren Shan

The Dead, Ocean of Blood

Event HF36 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

In this ‘dream team’ event Hay brings together for the very first time two of the biggest names on the horror circuit. Join them as they talk the undead and their future plans.
 
10 + years Goosebumps
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Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Event HF138 Venue: Mess Tent

Join us in making freshly baked herby flowerpot bread.

Duration 60 mins.

10–14 years 

Each young person attending this workshop without an accompanying adult must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.
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Geraldine McCaughrean & Candy Gourlay

Pull Out All The Stops, Tall Story

Event HF37 Venue: Starlight Stage

Humour and quirkiness sit at the very heart of these two new adventures; join their authors as they reveal how they put spark into their writing. Chaired by Sarah McIntyre.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Mini Grey

Paper Treasures

Event HF38 Venue: The Hexagon

Come and meet the much-adored creator of The Adventures Of The Dish And The Spoon and Three By The Sea. Packed full of handmade surprises, tips on how to make your very own book and a sneak peek at Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey out in July.
 
Duration 40 mins.
 
5–7 years
 
See event [HF35]
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Hugh Aldersey Williams

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

Event 152 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A wondrous tour and cultural history of the elements. Popular chemistry as a dazzling entertainment.
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Patrick French

India

Event 153 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

The author discusses his India: A Portrait.
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Hisham Matar talks to Bronwen Maddox

Fiction: Anatomy of a Disappearance

Event 154 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

When a loved one disappears how does their absence shape the lives of those who are left? The Booker-shortlisted (In the Country of Men) Libyan-born novelist in conversation with the editor of Prospect.
 
Read a review of Anatomy of Disappearance
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Jasmine Donahaye, Niall Griffiths, Horatio Clare, Jem Poster

Bird Writing

Event 155 Venue: The Moot

The writers discuss the attraction and challenge of writing about birds.
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Guitar Rock Riffs

Event T46 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Find out how to wield your axe like the best stadium-fillers.

hf2 for teens
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Animating The Afterlife With The British Museum

Workshop

Event HF139 Venue: The Hexagon

Join staff from the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum to create short films based around the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Become the star of your own film as you transform yourself into ancient Egyptian gods and creatures. Use Samsung HD video cameras and a green screen to record your masterpiece, then edit it and add special effects, before uploading to the web to share with family and friends.

Duration 120 mins.

7–10 years 

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