My fabulous life in lockdown

Thoughts on the Hay Festival

I go to the Hay Festival every single year, and I can't go this year because of the Coronavirus, which is the case for lots of other people. Me and my brother are devastated about not being able to go. I didn't realise that I really liked it as much as I did, because it was always there, every year, and it's really fun. It's not like IKEA, it's not there all the time, and that's what makes it exciting.  We always go there, and when we do we make loads of memories.

We see all these amazing authors and even though some of them can't go there because they are just too famous, the event is still really exciting and sometimes, you know, you are asked up on stage. 

Able Longstaff is the best author I have seen at Hay.  Lauren Beard was also there because she is the illustrator. I really liked seeing them, because even though I'm not really supposed to like picture books, because I'm 10, I really like the books.  And she also wrote the Trapdoor Mysteries, which I really like.

And Andy Stanton.  His books aren't my favourite, but he's just really funny. 

I have listened to some talks this year.  Some of them are talking about real life issues and they put it into a book that I really enjoyed.  So, it's like, not necessarily making it like it doesn't really matter, or that the bad thing is fun. I really like the Boy at the Back of the Class, and I liked that the gender was a mystery until the end, and I liked that it is showing awareness of refugees.  We don't realise that characters in other stories are based on refugees.  Like Superman - that was a really scary bit at the start of the movie, because literally they were falling to their death.  It wasn't the best movie though, because in those days the CGI was terrible. 

Watching the talks on the screen are not the same as being there.  All the traditions that we do, like going to the crystal shop and maybe getting a small crystal, or having fish and chips on the last day.  Even if it was raining we had these umbrellas from one of the talks we went to, and they are colour-changing.  We just held up the umbrella, and my mum ran to the fish and chip shop and tried not to get the fish and chips wet on the way back. And even though we couldn't sit on the wall and eat them, the experience was still fun.  

We went to a talk when Pamela Butchart was there and I brought her book that I already had, and I was just reading it again. What I like is that sometimes I forget about my love of books, and when I go to Hay it reimagines and I love just sitting on my bed or on a sofa and just reading a book.  

There are all these fun workshops - one was showing us how to identify fake news.  We always get lost when we're there, at least once, because it's so big.  And there is also a secondhand bookshop there as well as a firsthand bookshop. I like that it is just on the grass. Parts of it there are loads of deckchairs. I like that.  And I remember just sitting down and reading one of the books I had gotten. 

So, I'm going to recreate the festival at home. We are making bunting, and big HAY letters, and we are going to sit in the garden and read books in the sunshine.



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