Hay's School Days to be rolled out across UK

Hay's School Days to be rolled out across UK

Hay Festival is launching a new initiative to live stream its “Schools Days” UK-wide following last year's pilot in Wales. 

Blending live performance, workshops and storytelling, Hay Festival Schools Days comprise 12 specially curated KS 2, 3 and 4 sessions with Julian Clary, Cressida Cowell, Laura Dockrill, Eoin Colfer, David Almond, Patrice Lawrence; poets Joe Coelho and Eric Ngalle Charles, storyteller Daniel Morden; maths prodigy Anne-Marie Imafidon; BBC presenter Katie Thistleton; and broadcaster and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney.

The initiative is being funded by the Welsh Government and Hay Festival Foundation so school children unable to attend the festival (24th May - 3rd June) can enjoy sessions remotely. Teachers can view the full streaming schedule, download teaching resources and sign up for the free live streams athayfestival.org/livestream. 

“Expanding this opportunity online will allow even more young people to engage in the magic of Hay,” said Aine Venables, Hay Festival education manager.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams added: “These events stir the imagination and I’m thrilled that the Welsh Government is able to help the festival build on what has proven to be a very successful programme. I would urge all schools to see if they can get involved and help learners take part in what I’m sure will be a truly magical two days.”

Hay Festival Schools Days, which are also free for state schools to attend in person, last year drew the participation of 7,140 pupils from 105 primary schools and 78 secondary schools.