Two days of schools broadcasts sponsored by Welsh government and Hay Foundation
Hay Festival Wales is to be broadcast live into schools on Thursday 23 May (KS 2) and Friday 24 May (KS 3 and 4) as part of Hay's schools programme, funded by the Welsh Government and Hay Festival Foundation.
The broadcasts will feature authors including Michael Rosen, Cressida Cowell, Abi Elphinstone, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Candy Gourlay, Chitra Soundar, Sarah Crossan, Holly Bourne, Yaba Badoe, and David Baddiel.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh minister for education, said: "The best thing about [the schools programme] is that every single school in Wales can enjoy and benefit from the programme, even if they can't attend in person, thanks to the live-streaming service. I encourage all schools to make the most of these fantastic and invaluable opportunities."
Hay has launched #BooksToInspire, designed to encourage young people to read for pleasure. It offers reading lists for primary and for secondary schools drawn from public nominations at the Hay website.
Hay's education work also includes Hay Compass, Hay Academy, Hay Levels, free tickets for students in tertiary education, Hay Festival Scribblers Tour, a student exchange with Bradford Literary Festival, a day for adoptive families run with the Family Place, and the Beacons Project, a free writing residency for 16 to 18-year-olds.
Hay Festival runs from 23 May to 2 June.
Photo by Elisabeth Broekaert