RENFE takes you to Hay Festival at high speed (Avant).

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Renfe once again joins in the celebration of this important cultural festival, which fills Segovia with exciting and varied artistic activities.

Thanks to the numerous high-speed connections on AVANT trains, traveling to Segovia from Madrid or Valladolid is a quick and easy commute, taking around 30 minutes. Other rail services from the north-east of the peninsula also make it easier to visit Segovia during the festival.

Renfe's modern trains have all the amenities needed to make the trip a great travel experience, providing access for people with reduced mobility, including specific seats and adapted toilets.

The train is the most comfortable, fast and environmentally sustainable means of transport to travel to Segovia and enjoy Hay Festival.

More information about travel schedules, prices and connections to Segovia at, or telephone 912 320 320.

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José Manuel Lara Foundation and Grupo Planeta

Among the priority objectives of the José Manuel Lara Foundation are the promotion of books and reading. To that end it develops programmes and performances – highlights include writers' meetings, literary workshops in libraries and attendance at and sponsorship of book fairs, especially the Seville Book Fair.

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In addition, to celebrate Book Day on 23 April each year, the Foundation donates books to Andalusian city councils with a population less than 5.000. The Foundation also promotes courses and seminars in Spanish universities to widen knowledge of the Hispano-American publishing and literary worlds. Education is one of the Foundation's raisons d'être, awarding grants and funding to disadvantaged social groups.

With this aim, the José Manuel Lara Foundation in collaboration with Hay Festival 2019 is sponsoring several events, bringing conversations with María Dueñas, Elvira Lindo, Fernando Savater, Maite Pagazaurtundúa, Carmen Posadas, César Brandom, Boris Izaguirre, Vicky Hayward, Fernando Aramburu, James Rhodes and Antonio Muñoz Molina.

Grupo Planeta

Grupo Planeta, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of its foundation by José Manuel Lara this year, is the largest publishing group in Spanish in the world; and the eighth largest in terms of profit. It includes over 50 publishing brands, covering online sales, teaching and university departments, education and media including the Atresmedia Group and publishers in Latin America. It holds one of the most prestigious catalogues of national and international authors.

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The province of Segovia has a long-established wood industry. Pallets EUR – the only pallet brand on the market with a quality certificate – is established here.

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These pallets are going to be repurposed to redecorate the city, bringing ecological awareness to spaces created by Hay Festival to frame its cultural activities.

EUR Pallets are committed to environmental responsibility and sustainability.

British Council: It's time to talk (to each other)

The British Council, a global partner of Hay Festival, is this year offering a programme aiming to bring the Festival to the streets, squares and gardens of Segovia. The town as a space for cohabitation, but also for cultural diversity, will be the epicentre of this multidisciplinary programme. The audience will be able to participate in these activities, as they turn into true protagonists.

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San Martín Square will be the epicentre of this celebration after its success at Hay Festival last year. Once again, the British Council School Big Band will bring rhythm to the Saturday evening before giving way to public readings in which volunteer readers will be able to share their favourite lines and verses related to the concept of 'town'.

Ready to dance? The literary party will return this year to the sound of Latin American rhythms, alternating readings and dancing steps for everyone. As a grand finale, the Festival welcomes Inua Ellamsto Segovia, one of the most versatile and acclaimed artists in the United Kingdom. The poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer will play host at a great R.A.P. (Rhythm and Poetry) party where young authors of different nationalities will perform literary works influenced by hip-hop culture, with an urban music soundtrack mixed live by young DJs. He will be interviewed by Peter Florence, Director, Hay Festivals. This event will be complemented with traditional readings in the Jardín el Romeral de San Marcos with the participation, among others, of University of Cambridge philosopher Clare Chambers, who will also talk to Ludovic Assémat on the Friday about free will, social conventions and cohabitation.

Among the British guests at Hay Festival Segovia this year we will also welcome musician James Rhodes, acclaimed visual artist Marc Quinn and prestigious architect Amanda Levete, creator of the fascinating Museum of Arts and Technology in Lisbon and of the extension of the Victoria & Albert in London, chef Vicky Howard and Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival.

As every year, British Council Segovia also offers English workshops as well as their concert 'Big Band del British Council School'.


Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a Spanish public body dedicated to promoting Spain’s culture and heritage, inside and outside the country, through an extensive programme of activities.

This includes exhibitions, meetings, conferences, film, theatre, music, audio-visual productions and initiatives that boost the mobility of professionals and artists. As part of the promotion of the internationalisation and mobility of Spanish literary professionals, AC/E collaborates with Hay Festivals held around the world, co-organising activities for the promotion and dissemination abroad of the work of Spanish writers. Visit

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Hay Festival is part of this European Union-linked network which focuses on the contribution made by women to the field of European diversity and cultural heritage and aims to tackle gender inequality by backing the presence of women in the market from an intersectional perspective and by promoting a wide range of initiatives in mobility, knowledge, teaching activities and events.

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What do you want me to tell you? Listen or record an audiobook.

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We all like to be told a good story. Attendees at Hay Festival Segovia this year will be able to discover the world of audiobooks, going into a production cabin to listen to books written by authors participating this year. Storytel, the main audiobook platform in Europe, in collaboration with Eclair, the leading studio in sound production and dubbing to Spanish, will transform the bandstand in Plaza Mayor de Segovia into a production studio so the audience can immerse themselves by listening to chapters from thousands of works published by well-known writers.

Attendees will also be able to record texts from their favourite authors’ works, which will be shared through social media. Participants in the public reading series My own and others’ at Plaza San Martín and Jardín del Romeral de San Marcos will also record their readings.

Opening times:

Friday 20 September, 5.30pm–8:30pm

Saturday 21 September, 11am–2pm and 5.30pm–8.30pm

Sunday 22 September, 11am–2pm

To participate, please register beforehand by emailing

Storytel also brings back their workshops on the Friday and Saturday, reminding us once again that the digital revolution is turning our world upside down in terms of our way of understanding and experimenting with the world and, of course, of reading it.


At Hay Festival Segovia this year, among the activities organised in partnership with Diputación de Segovia for students and citizens from the county of Segovia, we look forward to welcoming cutting-edge representatives of leadership teaching including Marta Williams, in events taking place in the Town Hall of Cantalejo.

Business schools and universities are looking for better ways of teaching leaders how to lead at a time when uncertainty is the new world order. But what is actually the basis of modern leadership? Maybe we should actually teach 'the art of guiding' to future leaders from an early age?

In addition, the emblematic Square of Pedraza, with the support of its Town Hall, brings another essential discipline for the growth of society, namely music, frequently forgotten in the classroom. Hay Festival brings LOOKING BACK – featuring Andreas Prittwitz, Antonio Toledo and Ramiro Morales – to perform a Baroque concert with a trio formation (Spanish guitar/lute baroque guitar/archlute and brass) and with a varied programme ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. This is a nine-year project which provides the personal view of Andreas Prittwitz on old music, Romantic and jazz.

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For the fifth year in a row, the collaboration between Trinity College London and Hay Festival Segovia promotes communicative education through musical, dramatic and verbal languages. This year the partnership brings us a dialogue between music and arts, with Alberto Reguera’s performance at Plaza San Martín. He is joined by Jorge Nava, a highly-awarded Spanish pianist from Trinity College London in the María Canals International Contest 2019.

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