Schools Programme

If all maths lessons were like Kjartan Poskitt’s it would be wicked! Llanigon pupil

We are delighted to announce the 2017 line-up of writers and performers taking part in our programme for schools.

Designed to inspire and enthuse all pupils at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4, the Festival is free to all State schools as part of our commitment to young people and the community, and is funded by the Welsh Government and Hay Festival Foundation.

On Thursday 25 May (Key Stage 2) and Friday 26 (Key Stages 3 and 4), we will welcome thousands of children to our site. Pupils and teachers will have the chance to meet amazing writers from a wide range of fields – scientists, explorers, award-winning novelists and historians.

Hay Festival Schools Programme, launched in 2010, is a central pillar of the Festival’s commitment to young people, which also includes Hay Compass, Hay Academy, The Beacons Project, Hay Levels and free tickets for students.

The Schools Programme is free for all State schools and funded by the Welsh Government and Hay Festival Foundation; last year, 6,000 pupils took part.

Our festival has a fabulous bookshop where you can browse and buy, and all the authors’ books will be on sale. They will be on hand to sign books after their events, creating a wonderful opportunity for young people to meet and talk to the writers in our programme.

We look forward to welcoming you to an inspiring programme for schools at Hay Festival this May.

Primary School Projects
I thought the grounds were amazing and pretty. Alex Scarrow was awesome. I loved the quiz game he did.Llanigon School pupil
I enjoyed Time Riders by Alex Scarrow because he was funny and full of energy.Fairfield High School pupil
Thank you for our lovely day at the festival, the pupils really enjoyed it and were asking if they could come back next year. We were really impressed with how well-organised the day was and would like to thank you for inviting our school.Teacher, Brecon High School
I cannot fault the programme provided and the children have displayed a new found enthusiasm for the books they heard about. Thank you for a well-organised, teacher- and child-friendly day, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and staff.Teacher, Clyro School
I took my bookclub (16 students) to the Secondary School day at the Hay Festival this year. Everyone really enjoyed it and all the workshops were absolutely terrific. I have recommended to the school that we take all Year 9 students next year. This would amount to around 200 students in total.Teacher, Kingstone High School

The 2017 Schools Programme takes place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May.

For more information please contact Aine Venables.


Hay Festival Schools Programme 2017