Experience the magic of the Hay Festival at Worcestershire Libraries this half-term!

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With so many fun activities going on throughout Worcestershire this half-term (27 May to 5 June) have you considered taking your family to your local library?

This year the Living Knowledge Network are working in partnership with Hay Festival to bring some of their fantastic festival programme to Worcestershire Libraries. 

The Hay Festival, held annually in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, is renowned for celebrating creativity, curiosity, and the joy of connecting with authors, poets, illustrators, performers, scientists, and environmentalists. 

Hay Festival Live Screening Schedule (All free of charge, no booking required).

Saturday 27 May 2023

  • Julia Donaldson and Friends (3+) at 10am: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A Squash and A Squeeze" with a delightful hour of stories and songs based on the beloved author's enchanting books.
    Available to watch at Malvern, Redditch, Wythall,  Hagley, Tenbury, Pershore, Evesham and Broadway Libraries.
  • Maggie Aderin-Pocock (8+) at 11.30am: Prepare to be amazed by the incredible wonders of the universe as the super-star space scientist returns with her second book, ready to answer all your burning questions.
    Available to watch at Malvern, Redditch, Wythall, Droitwich, Hagley, Bromsgrove, Rubery, Pershore, Evesham and Broadway Libraries.
  • Michael Rosen (5+) at 2.30pm: Join Michael Rosen, former Children's Laureate and cherished author and poet, as he takes you on a fun-filled adventure with his unforgettable creations from "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," "A Great Big Cuddle," and "Michael Rosen's Sad Book."
    Available to watch at Malvern, Redditch, Wythall, Hagley, Bromsgrove, Pershore and Evesham Libraries.

Friday 2 June 2023 

  • Margaret Atwood and Rob Delaney in conversation at 10am: An exploration of memory, memoir, and the process of reflection through writing with frank, tender and sometimes funny thoughts from two writers who have written about personal losses.
    Available to watch at Malvern, Redditch, Wythall, Bromsgrove,, Pershore, Evesham and Broadway Libraries.

Saturday 3 June 2023

  • Liz Pichon (9+) at 2.30pm: Get your pencils at the ready! It’s doodling time. You can learn how to draw Tom Gates and a host of other characters with author and illustrator Liz Pichon.
    Available to watch at The Hive, Malvern, Redditch, Wythall, Hagley, Bromsgrove, Pershore and Evesham Libraries.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: “Our libraries are the perfect spaces for families to spend quality time together and connect with others in their community. That is why I am thrilled that we are bringing the magic of the Hay Festival to libraries in Worcestershire this half-term. If you're looking for something creative and captivating to do, I highly encourage you to check out the fantastic line-up of events.”

Half-term isn't the only time we offer activities. There is something for everyone, all-year round! Pop into your local library, meet and make friends at our many children’s groups which include: Bounce and Rhyme and Storytime for babies and little ones, or come along to one of our LEGO Clubs or Code Clubs for children 5 years old and over. 

Libraries are also a great place for children and young people to catch up on homework or revision with warm and welcoming study spaces for individuals or groups.