Jesús Carrasco is one of those authors whose outstanding debut has set the pace for his literary career. In his case, the book was Out in the Open, a phenomenon whose outstanding storytelling continues to attract readers. The characters, a boy fleeing violence and a goatherd who takes him under his wing, have been brought to life by Jaime López and the acclaimed actor Luis Tosar, who star in the film version of the novel, directed by Benito Zambrano. After this striking debut, which has been translated into 28 languages and has won various international prizes, and the author’s second novel, La tierra que pisamos, Carrasco returns with Llévame a casa. This is a story of flight and return, of the responsibility of caring for the elderly, and the weight of family. Critics and readers often compare the writer to the great Miguel Delibes, whose legacy will be considered at this event.
Jesús Carrasco will talk to the cultural journalist and writer Angélica Tanarro. Presented by Elisa Delibes, Chair of The Delibes Foundation and Javier Ortega, Minister of Culture in the Castile and Leon Regional Government.
The legacy of Richard Rogers is the topic of this event in the company of the architect Edgar González and his students at the IE University School of Architecture and Design, whose Design degree has been coordinated by González since 2016. The venue will be one of Rogers’ own buildings, the Protos winery in Peñafiel (Valladolid).
Edgar González took his degree in architecture at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and has worked at architectural practices of international renown, such as those of Zara Hadid and Torres Nadal, and also as an editorial designer for major firms in the United Kingdom. He has his own design studio in Madrid where he works as a strategic consultant, specializing in applying design processes in the contemporary city in relation to the new technologies.
During the event there will be a screening of the pre-recorded conversation between Richard Rogers and Martha Thorne. In it, Rogers –a distinguished architect, winner of the 2007 Pritzker Prize and considered to be one of the foremost representatives of contemporary urban planning– talks about his vision regarding the future of the city. Rogers’ major buildings include the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s building in London and the Terminal 4 building at Madrid’s Barajas Airport, as well as the winery where the event will be held.
Martha Thorne is the Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize and Deacon of the IE University’s School of Architecture and Design. Presented by Geoffroy Gerard, Director of the IE Foundation and María Sheila Cremaschi, Director of Hay Festival Segovia.
The Peruvian writer and journalist Raúl Tola will talk about the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and will present a pre-recorded conversation with the Nobel laureate at an event attended by readers of the author of The Time of the Hero.
Raúl Tola has worked as a print and television journalist for some of his country’s most important organizations; he is also a regular contributor to El País newspaper in Spain, where he currently lives. He has published the novels Noche de cuervos, Heridas privadas, Flores amarillas, La noche sin ventanas and La favorita del Inca, as well as the short story collection Toque de queda. He currently runs the Cátedra Vargas Llosa organization.
In his conversation with the Nobel prize-winner, he will ask Vargas Llosa about a career that has made him one of the few writers to be consecrated while still at the height of their powers. His acclaim is based on the prestige and popularity of his writings, as well as on the fact he has won the most important international literary awards (including the Cervantes Prize, the most important in the Spanish language). Vargas Llosa, who has both Peruvian and Spanish nationality, is a true citizen of the world and has published over a hundred works. He has written in a wide range of genres including drama and journalism, but his most outstanding work has been in the novel and in essay writing. The writer’s bibliography has been translated into many different languages. The career of the author of The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Conversation in the Cathedral and Tiempos recios, his latest work of fiction, spans the second half of the 20th century, including the famous boom in Latin American literature, of which he was one of the most outstanding writers. Still creating works of critical importance in 21st century, Vargas Llosa’s place in the pantheon of world writers seems assured.
After the screening of the encounter between the two authors, Tola will talk to members of Segovia’s book clubs present at the event.
Presented by the Director of the Segovia Public Library, Roberto García Arribas.
Set in the 13th century ruins of the Cistercian monastery of Santa María de la Sierra in the Segovia town of Collado Hermoso, there is a botanical garden that specialises in the cultivation of plants for dyeing, some of which have almost disappeared elsewhere. However, this idyllic spot has more to offer: thanks to the initiative of Elena Goded and her company Ábbatte, the traditional form of artisan weaving with shuttle and loom have a present and a future here. One of the plants that has been recovered is rubia tinctorum (dyer’s madder), which had disappeared from central Spain. The beautiful fabrics woven here are now sold internationally. This initiative, which won a National Craft Award in 2015, was an unexpected turn in the career of Elena Goded, a former biologist and university lecturer.
This event is about the conjunction of nature conservation and the revitalisation of time-honoured craft methods, and is hosted by the cultural manager Sofía Barroso, a specialist in art and gardens.
Experiences of the japanese garden. Sofía Barroso introduces Monty Don
Sofía Barroso introduces a documentary about the Japanese garden that takes us on a journey guided by one of the great specialists on the subject, the writer and journalist Monty Don, who for two decades has presented some of the BBC’s most important programmes on gardens and gardening. In the documentary, Don talks to the photographer Derry Moore about these gardens, which combine ethics and aesthetics, beauty and philosophy, in a celebration of the natural world. The documentary features the great garden of Kenroku-en, the Zen gardens of Tokyo, the historical wonders of Kyoto, and also covers the seasonal celebrations of hanami (visits to the spring cherry blossom) and momijigari, the custom of enjoying the magnificent autumn spectacle of the turning leaves.
Rural depopulation, culture and a need to return to nature are the themes that will occupy this meeting between two writers: Fermín Herrero and Carlos Aganzo. The poetry of Fermín Herrero, winner of the Castile and Leon Literature Prize, has become a symbol of the España vacía, or ‘Empty Spain’. The poet and journalist Carlos Aganzo is linked to the El Norte de Castilla, Miguel Delibes’ newspaper, a publication that is profoundly involved with the countryside and the rural world. Natural and cultural heritage come together to give voice to the land, at an event in which the Hay Festival extends its arms, from Segovia, around Castile and Leon.
In 1988 the Loewe Foundation created the international poetry prize that carries its name in order to promote the quality of poetic writing. Today, 33 prizes later, and with the support of an exceptional jury, it has become the most important non-governmental prize for Spanish-language poetry. The list of winners includes the most prominent contemporary poets who write in Spanish, all published by Visor.
On this occasion, the prize has been awarded to the Extremadura writer Diego Doncel for his work La fragilidad. The prize is confirmation of the career of this outstanding, acclaimed poet, who also writes fiction, travel writing and literary criticism. According to Doncel, poetry has a healing quality, and this is expressed in a work that reflects on pain, death and hope.
Mario Obrero, aged just 17, is the youngest ever winner of the Loewe award in the New Writers category, with the poetry book Peachtree City. His book won over the jury with the range of its surprising poetic images.
The two poets will talk to the journalist and writer Antonio Lucas, winner of the 2013 Loewe Prize.
Eva García Sáenz de Urturi, the last winner of the Planeta Prize, is an example of how sometimes word of mouth is enough to bring a writer to prominence. Her first novel, La saga de los longevos, became a sales phenomenon via self-publication. Her rare capacity to connect with readers was confirmed, now supported by the Planeta Group, by her White City Trilogy (El silencio de la ciudad blanca, Los ritos del agua and Los señores del tiempo), which gave rise to a film version directed by Daniel Calparsoro. In her latest book, which won the Planeta, Spanish literature’s most expensive prize, García Sáenz de Urturi travels to the Middle Ages with a look at the fascinating character of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Aquitania begins with the death of the protagonist’s father, William X, who is poisoned after completing a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. In the words of the author, it is “a medieval thriller, a homage to The Name of the Rose”.
Eva García Sáenz de Urturi will talk to Helena Resano, newsreader on La Sexta Noticias, winner of the Antena de Oro Award and author of La trastienda de un informativo.
Rodrigo Cortés is a most versatile artist: director, actor, producer, screenwriter, aphorist… and novelist. His latest book, Los años extraordinarios, is a novel in the tradition of Valle-Inclán that takes us on a journey through the 20th century. The work, particularly its protagonist, Jaime Fanjul, has received praise from both critics and fellow writers. No challenge seems too great for this Salamanca artist: aged 25 he was already filming videos for Amenábar and he has not shied away from working with Hollywood stars like Robert de Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Uma Thurman (the star of Down a Dark Hall, his most recent film). Perhaps his most famous feature has been Buried, a suffocating film in which Ryan Reynolds plays a man who is trying to survive after being buried alive in a coffin. The movie won several Goyas in Spain as well as international awards. Given his career so far, this artist with the captivating smile must have something special.
Rodrigo Cortés will talk to the publisher Miguel Aguilar, who has worked with major figures in Spanish literature, such as Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, named after its philanthropist and art collector founder, is one of Portugal’s most important cultural institutions. Dedicated to the promotion of art, science, education and cooperation, it runs two museums and an orchestra, and its centre in Lisbon is a brilliant example of Portuguese modernism. The institution’s director will visit the Hay Festival to talk about its projects. Antonio Filipe Pimentel, a Doctor of Art History, has a long CV linked to his country’s most prestigious art institutions, being the former director of the National Art Museum as well as former Assistant Director of Cultural Heritage. A central part of this conversation will be about the garden that surrounds the foundation building, a true oasis in the city. It was designed in the 1960s by Antonio Viana Barreto and Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, major figures in the modern movement and landscape architecture in Portugal.
Pimentel will talk to Sofía Barroso, a cultural manager who specializes in art and gardens.
María Dueñas brings us moments of reunion, including hers and ours with the protagonist of the unforgettable novel The Seamstress, a work that established its author as one of the most read in the Spanish language, a position that she still retains. Sira, after whom the new book is named, returns almost twelve years after the events of the story of that young and resourceful seamstress, caught up in the world of espionage. Dueñas takes her, and us, to Jerusalem, London, Madrid and Tangiers, and gives her main character the experience of motherhood. What is more, fans of the author of books such as Misión Olvido and Las hijas del capitán, can see the second adaptation of one of her books, which has been made into a television series. After the international success of the adaptation of The Seamstress, released as The Time in Between, we can now see La templanza, a story of family intrigue set in the 19th century.
María Dueñas will talk to Jesús Vigorra, producer and presenter of Las mañanas on Canal Sur Radio.
Manuel Jabois once said “I write so that I won’t have to talk about what I write.” He will have to overcome his shyness here to talk about his latest book, the successful novel Miss Marte. The book is a thriller, a story of teenage love, a journalist’s investigation into the disappearance of a girl –inspired by the case of Madeleine McCann–, all set in the author’s native Galicia. The name of Jabois first became known with his writing for El Mundo and later El País and his work as a journalist has been recognized with awards such as the Julio Camba. After Malaherba, his previous publication, his latest book confirms the author’s storytelling powers with a portrait of a fascinating character.
Karina Sainz Borgo is the other pole of this event. She shares with Jabois a career in journalism, and the two will focus their conversation on these two sides of a single profession: writing. The Venezuelan writer’s first novel, La hija de la española, made a considerable impact in the world of literature, receiving the French Madame Figaro Grand Prix de l’Héroїne, and she has talked about her second novel as a book about the need for compassion. El tercer país is about an illicit cemetery located in a frontier land, where life and death meet; this story, which has aspects of magic realism about it, is about two strong women learning to survive.
“You never write from the heart more than when you write what you remember.” This was said by Luis Landero about El huerto de Emerson, his latest work. The book is an anthology of fragments of what he has lived and what he has read; written with 75 percent narrative, 15 percent essay and the remainder made up with poetry, according to the writer’s formula. Landero is the author of memorable titles such as Juegos de la edad tardía and Lluvia fina, and has not left behind the child he once was in Alburquerque, the Extremaduran town where he was born and raised, or the young guitarist who stopped playing, as he recounts with a touch of humour, when the genius Paco de Lucía appeared. Perhaps for this reason, his autobiographies, and this book, a kind of continuation of El balcón en invierno, are actually a body of work where a whole generation can be found. Its title refers to that personal, untransferable garden which, according to the US philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, we all have, and have to tend in order to live.
Luis Landero will talk to Ana Gavin, the Planeta Group’s Publishing Relations Manager and a publisher with considerable experience with some of the great names of Spanish literature.
The name of Vicente Todolí will live in the collective memory thanks to his extensive experience as an art expert. His CV features important positions including Artistic Director at the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, and Director of London’s Tate Modern. In recent years, Todolí’s focus has turned from art to citrus plants, and as the US thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson advised, he has been cultivating his own garden in Palmera (Valencia), where he has assembled the world’s largest private collection of citrus plants: around 400 varieties, some of them in danger of extinction. His conservation project, managed by the Fundació Todolí Citrus, has also acted as a bulwark against development plans that have threatened the landscape in the area.
Todolí will talk to Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici who, at this event, will reconnect with an old family tradition: the Medici family once practiced bringing art and nature together, and in Renaissance Florence they not only patronized artists and collected art, but also put together a magnificent collection of citrus plants.
Based on the novel Oblivion: A Memoir by Héctor Abad Faciolince, Fernando Trueba’s latest film tells the story of the writer’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a doctor who dedicated the last years of his life to the defence of human rights, and who was murdered by a contract killer in central Medellin on 25 August, 1987. Javier Cámara plays a tender character “who loved life” in the words of the film director, “who was an advocate of public and preventive medicine” and who during the 1960s supervised the first mass vaccination against polio in the country. Trueba worked with his brother David on the screenplay of the film, which was selected for the 2020 Cannes Festival that was cancelled because of the pandemic. The film, a moving portrait of the man and his family relationships, was chosen to close last year’s San Sebastian International Film Festival.
The murder of the Colombian doctor, politician and human rights advocate, Héctor Abad Gómez, is the event that motivated his son, Héctor Abad Faciolince, to write Oblivion: A Memoir, which tells the story of his father. This in turn has led the film director, Fernando Trueba, to adapt the book for cinema.
Trueba is one of Spain’s most acclaimed directors. With a filmography of nearly 20 films, he has made works of comedy (Two Much, Sal gorda), drama (El año de las luces, Twisted Obsession, The Girl of Your Dreams, The Queen of Spain), documentary (Calle 54, Mientras el cuerpo aguante) and animated film (Chico and Rita). His shelves sport an Oscar, nine Goya Awards and various other international prizes.
The journalist, writer and publisher Héctor Abad Faciolince has won numerous awards in his country, Colombia, as well as in Spain, where he was awarded the first Casa de América Innovative Fiction Prize for his novel Basura. However, it was Oblivion: A Memoir, the novel that tells the story of his father, which brought him to prominence in the world of Spanish-language literature. Abad Faciolince has not only won awards for his fiction writing, but also for his work as a columnist. As a publisher, in 2016 he created the company Angosta, an independent publisher in Colombia that bears the name of one of his novels.
This conversation is part of the Hay and Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos Dialogues initiative promoting knowledge among writers of different nationalities but with a shared language and literary tradition.