The Hay Festival Digital will be free to view and will run from 18–31 May 2020. The 10-day literature festival is normally held in Hay-on-Wye in Wales, but for the first time will now take place in its entirety online, with the programme for  schools running from 18th - 22nd May.

How can I take part in the Programme for Schools ?

Each day this week, from 8:00am (BST) onwards, you can see two primary authors (aimed at ages 7-11)  introduced by Konnie Huq and two secondary authors (aimed at ages 11-16)  introduced by Jenny Valentine. These events will be available on the day on the Hay Festival Programme for Schools website, to watch again on Hay Player, and you can access teaching materials to support children during and after the festival.

Which children's authors are in the lineup?

Each day the sessions will be available online from 8:00am (BST) on the Hay Festival Programme for Schools website:

Monday 18 May

Primary (Key Stage 2)

S1 - Cressida Cowell - THE WIZARDS OF ONCE: KNOCK THREE TIMES

S2 - Onjali Q Rauf - THE BOY AT THE BACK OF THE CLASS

Secondary (Key Stages 3 & 4)

S3 - Patrice Lawrence - 0 ROSE, INTERRUPTED

S4 - Muhammad Khan - KICK THE MOON

Tuesday 19 May

Primary (Key Stage 2)

S5 - Konnie Huq - COOKIE AND THE MOST ANNOYING BOY IN THE WORLD

S6 - Emma Carroll - THE SOMERSET TSUNAMI

Secondary (Key Stages 3 & 4)

S7 - Sue Cheung - CHINGLISH

S8 - Karl Nova - RHYTHM AND POETRY

Wednesday 20 May

Primary (Key Stage 2)

S9 - Chae Strathie - SO YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT IT BAD? ANCIENT ROME

S10 - Pamela Butchart - ICARUS WAS RIDICULOUS

Secondary (Key Stages 3 & 4)

S11 - Lucy Worsley - THE AUSTEN GIRLS

S12 - Jon Chase - A SCIENCE RAPPER’S GUIDE TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Thursday 21 May

Primary (Key Stage 2)

S13 - Christopher Edge - THE LONGEST NIGHT OF CHARLIE NOON

S14 - Eloise Williams - WILDE

Secondary (Key Stages 3 & 4)

S15 - Laura Coryton - SPEAK UP

S16 - Dean Atta - THE BLACK FLAMINGO

Friday 22 May

Primary (Key Stage 2)

S17 - Liz Pichon - TOM GATES: SPECTACULAR SCHOOL TRIP (REALLY)

S18 - Bali Rai - NOW OR NEVER – A DUNKIRK STORY

Secondary (Key Stages 3 & 4)

S19 - Laura Bates - THE BURNING

S20 - Michelle Paver - VIPER’S DAUGHTER

Nearly every  session is accompanied by a fantastic set of downloadable teaching resources.

How can I take part as an adult?

The main programme will all be going ahead on Crowdcast, a digital platform for talks, workshops and festivals. To register for an event, find the event you want to attend in the Hay Festival Main Programme, click "Register for this event", and this will take you to Crowdcast to sign up.

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