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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.

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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 

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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Fiona Dunbar

Ghostorama

Event HF40 Venue: Starlight Stage

Enter a world of phantom science teachers, dead celebrities and some very spooky goings on... Join Fiona Dunbar on her ghostly quest with her new character Kitty Slade; together you will create a spooky mystery story... and solve it!
 
9+ years Goosebumps
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Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope

War Horse: A Musical Reading

Event HF39 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

A live storytelling of this modern classic, with music and songs from the National Theatre production.
 
7+ years & families
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.
War Horse - Michael Morpurgo
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Oliver James

Creating a Sane Society

Event 157 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author of Affluenza, How Not To F*** Them Up and Britain on the Couch examines what effect ‘the new austerity’ may have on the ways in which people perceive themselves, their aspirations, relationships and professional lives.
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