Hay Festival: a magical melting pot of international ideas!
The Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, is the biggest event of the international literary calendar. At the edge of the Brecon Beacons, it’s a magical melting pot of ideas from all over the world, attended by writers and artists, thinkers and scholars, performers and publishers… including Tiny Owl!
We will be holding three events at the festival on 2 June:
- A Bottle of Happiness among the best books of the year by the Sunday Times
Then from 1pm – 2pm, come and experience the ancient Persian storytelling practice of pardekhani. Complete with a beautifully illustrated canvas, our very own storyteller Alia Alzougbi will retell two of the fables of Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet, scholar and Sufi mystic. The Parrot and the Merchant is a fable of true love and freedom, and The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock explores the importance of being happy with your own identity. Join Alia Alzougbi for an exciting, interactive storytelling experience.
- Read David Almond’s words about The Parrot and the Merchant in the Guardian
- Read a review by Tamsin Rosewell: I’m not a jackal, I’m a peacock!
Finally, from 2.30pm – 3.30pm, you can make your very own puppets of the Parrot from The Parrot and the Merchant, with Alia Alzougbi. The merchant Mah Jahan keeps all sorts of birds in cages for her own pleasure, but one of them will teach her an important lesson about the value of freedom. After this workshop, you can take your own Parrot home with you!
Tickets for our events are sold out, but see their website below for more information on the festival.
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