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The eighth Hay Festival Segovia took place 26–29 September 2013 – a thrilling week of exhibitions, conversations, performances and screenings.

Read our International Hay Festival Writers' blog.

Programme highlights included Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa, the recently-awarded José Caballero Bonald (Premio Cervantes), Antonio Muñoz Molina (Premio Príncipe de Asturias de Las Letras) and Lorenzo Silva (Premio Planeta), and Daniela Krien, Luís García Montero, Nativel Preciado, Rosa Montero, David Foenkinos, Val McDermid and Lukas Bärfuss, among many others.

The 2013 festival celebrated the 40-year relationship between China and Spain, including the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Wang Shu in conversation, and an exhibition curated by Fang Zhenning, Architecture China – The 100 Contemporary Projects.

Hay Festival Segovia Day One – The Telegraph

Hay Festival Segovia Day Two – The Telegraph

Hay Festival Segovia Day Three – The Telegraph

Hay Festival Segovia – El Pais

Hay Festival Segovia – ABC

We will celebrate the ninth edition of Hay Festival Segovia on 25–28 September 2014, with an inaugural event on 20 September.

Hay Festival Segovia


Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban, the eminent Japanese architect who has pioneered the use of unorthodox materials, has been awarded the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession's highest honour.

The jury said in their citation: ‘His buildings provide shelter, community centers and spiritual places for those who have suffered tremendous loss and destruction. When tragedy strikes, he is often there from the beginning.’ Read more in the New York Times.

Listen to Shigeru Ban’s talk at Hay Festival Segovia here.

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    2013 Artists

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    2013 Projects

    Hay Festival Segovia 2013 hosted a range of projects, from a celebration of Robert Bolaño by Acción Cultural Española to a shared reading of Lorenzo Silva’s latest book La marca del meridiano supported by the José Manuel Lara Foundation.

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    Hay Festival Writers’ Blog

    Read our Hay Festival Writers’ blog for their impressions of Hay Festival Segovia 2013.

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    2013 Photos

    Hay Festival Segovia 2013 in pictures.

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2013 highlights

  • Mario Vargas Llosa
  • José Caballero Bonald
  • Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • Lorenzo Silva
  • Daniela Krien
  • Luís García Montero
  • Nativel Preciado
  • Rosa Montero
  • David Foenkinos
  • Val McDermid
  • Lukas Bärfuss