Want to write, dance or produce for radio? Want to be the first to know who has won the Bookseller YA Book Prize? Or just want to listen to your favourite authors talking about their favourite things?
#HAYYA is full of events for readers and writers eager to know more about how the stories they love in books or films or on YouTube came about. UK and Irish Children’s Laureates Sarah Crossan and Lauren Child discuss the power of words, while a series of events with the Bookseller YA Book Prize spotlights this year’s #YA10 shortlist including Juno Dawson (Clean), Laura Dockrill (Big Bones), Fiona Shaw (Outwalkers), Sara Barnard (Goodbye, Perfect), Muhammad Khan (I Am Thunder), Laura Wood (A Sky Painted Gold), Louise O'Neill (The Surface Breaks), Alice Oseman (I Was Born for This) and Tom Pollock (White Rabbit, Red Wolf) before the winner is announced in a live ceremony on stage.
Malorie Blackman talks Noughts and Crosses and Dr Who, Alex Wheatle and actress Clarrie Mae Bent talk about Alex's Crongton series of novels, while there are conversations with Bryony Gordon (You Got This), Sophia Bennett (The Bigger Picture: Women who changed the art world), Holly Smale (The Valentines), Chris Ryan (Special Forces Cadets), and DJ Target and Gemma Cairney (Grime Kids).Three of the writers behind Gal-Dem, Leah Cowan, Nina Dahmani and Kuba Shand-Baptiste, present their new novel, while Juno Dawson presents her new anthology Proud: Stories, Poetry and Art on the Theme of Pride.
For older teenagers and students visit the Hay Festival Compass Studio on the Festival site, packed with resources and drop-in events.
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