Hay Festival offers free school days for Welsh pupils

Hay Festival offers free school days for Welsh pupils

Welsh school children will have the chance to spend two days at the Hay Festival Wales for free this year thanks to a partnership between the Hay Festival Educational Trust and the Welsh government.

On 26-27th May, Hay Festival Wales will host a two day programme for pupils at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4, featuring workshops with writers, scientists and historians. Younger pupils will be able to hear from authors such as Tom Palmer, Phil Earle and Cressida Cowell, whilst writers such as Frances Hardinge, Holly Smale, Juno Dawson and Patrick Ness will talk to older teens.

The Royal Shakespeare Company will run sessions on the Bard’s plays and there will also be creative skills workshops for Sixth Form pupils.

Every child from participating schools will be invited to bring a book and donate it to the Oxfam Bookshop at the Festival and will, in exchange, receive a new book through the festival’s bookshop.

Welsh Government education minister Huw Lewis said: “I am delighted that we have been able to part-fund a programme that will enable pupils in Wales to be right at the heart of the action and enjoy  all that Hay Festival has to offer.”

Peter Florence, director of the festival, added: “Every year Hay Festival brings writers and readers together to inspire, examine and entertain, programming some of the world’s leading thinkers across our stages. Central to this is our support of the next generation of thinkers and we’re thrilled to partner with the Welsh government in giving free access to our special schools days to pupils and teachers."