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Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye 2024 opens with free schools programme

NEARLY 20,000 free tickets were issued to primary and secondary school pupils over Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye’s inspiring two-day schools programme.

Today, secondary school pupils enjoyed events featuring writers Alex Wheatle, Jenny Valentine, Sarah Crossan, Phil Earle, Aneirin Karadog, Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Nicola Garrard, AM Dassu, Anthony Horowitz, Daniel Morden, Frances Hardinge and Manon Steffan Ros. Plus, a live recording of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row spotlit the power of literature in front of an audience of pupils. Livestream events were attended by 3,500 pupils from 48 schools.

Yesterday, pupils from 72 primary schools joined the Festival for events including writers Maz Evans, Jeff Kinney, and Children’s Laureate Wales 2023-2025 Alex Wharton. 111 schools or home educators also registered for yesterday’s live stream with 12,799 attendances from 5,024 pupils.

Over the next 10 days, more than 700 artists will appear at the Festival, launching the best new fiction and non-fiction while offering insights  and debate around significant global issues. The programme sees writers, policy makers, pioneers and innovators take part from around the world, offering big thinking and bold ideas.

Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye is free to enter. Discover the full programme and book individual events online now at hayfestival.org/hay-on-wye