Hay Festival Segovia, 19–22 September 2019, has now ended. Thanks for joining us! You can watch and listen again on Hay Player.
Acclaimed as one of the ten new voices in Europe during the London Book Fair in 2017, Charlotte Van den Broeck (Turnhout, Belgium) performs some of the poems publish in her book "Kameleon" (Herman de Coninck Debut Award, 2016).
Her gigs in international festivals all over the world have made her well-known for her “performances”. In 2016, she opened the Frankfurt Fair, along with Arnon Grunberg. In 2017, she published her second book of poems Nachtroer. Presented by Beatriz Gonzalez, from editorial De Conatus.
The poet Carlos Barrajón will read the poems of the writer in Spanish.
Six years after the global financial crisis threatened Eurozone collapse, it's now political earthquakes posing questions of the "European Project". With reform inevitable, we're joined by the international lawyer specialized in the EU Miriam Gonzalez, the economist and businessman Guillermo de la Dehesa and the politician and former President of the European Parliament Enrique Barón Crespo to analyze the future of the EU together with the literary editor of the FT, Frederick Studemann.
See event  for FT Weekend Debates Part 1
Hay Dialogues with Hispanic American Notebooks seeks to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by the same language and a shared literary tradition. They are enriched by authors of diverse origins. In this talk the Mexican writer Jorge Volpi will talk with the Spanish poet and writer Luna Miguel.
With his second novel, The Physics of Sorrow, the Bulgarian writer has dazzled the most demanding international critics. The New York Times described it as "A quirky, compulsively readable book that deftly hints at the emptiness and sadness at its core". Gopodinov is also a poet and a playwright. A finalist for both the Strega Europeo and Gregor von Rezzori awards (and winner of every Bulgarian honor possible), The Physics of Sorrow reaffirms Georgi Gospodinov's place as one of Europe's most inventive and daring writers. He talks with Pablo Mazo.
Jewish history is also the history of Humanity. Now that thousands of people are being forced to leave their native country and to traverse an incredibly tense way looking for a new home, it is worth contemplating again the exile that jews went into over five hundred years ago. Schama's presence in HAY FESTIVAL Segovia coincides with the publication of the second volume from his enormous work ´The Story of the Jews'. Schama covers the expulsion of the jews from Spain in 1492. He navigates among miracles and massacres, persecutions and tolerance, and reaches the beginning of the 20th century, which will mark a turning point, as it was profoundly promising in its first few years.
Simon Schama is professor in History and History of Arts at Columbia University, and a widely awarded author of fourteen history books translated into twenty different languages. Among them, Rembrandt's Eyes (2002), Rise and Fall of the British Empire (2004), and both two volumes from The Story of the Jews'.
Presented by Caroline Michel, CEO of leading literary and talent agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop, Chair of The Hay Festivals.
Izaguirre, a charismatic Venezuelan and Spaniard, has forged his career through wit and irreverence. His great entrepreneurial spirit has enabled him to straddle the worlds of literature, television and radio with aplomb and ease. He has become a celebrity in Spain and in Miami and he has an impact wherever he goes. Diplomat Alexandre Vidal Porto -Harvard-trained lawyer, human rights activist, author and columnist for leading Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo- expert in the human rights landscape in an era of increased transgender acceptability through examples in literature. Both talk with Ana Gavín, Managing Director of the Fundación José Manuel Lara, about their recent works.
In the past, the media provided a professional filter that spread news, whether good or bad, with a modicum of truth and objectivity. Today, the outpouring of tweets, without editorial control or professional ethic can have a devastating impact in a matter of minutes. How do businesses and institutions face this threat, when a targeted campaign can wipe billions off a corporation’s value? Can brand management and reputation serve as an armour against the affront of social media? The journalist and poet Carlos Aganzo talks with the Managing Partner of Brunswick PR, Rurik Ingram.
Nixey tells the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately subjected and annihilated the teachings of the classical world, and opened the way to centuries of unconditional adherence to "a single true faith”. The Roman Empire had been generous in welcoming new beliefs, but the arrival of Christianity changed everything. This new religion, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and decidedly intolerant. Catherine Nixey studied Classical History in Cambridge, worked for many years as a teacher before turning to journalism. She talks to the journalist Guillermo Altares.
MARTHA THORNE AND PEP MARTÍN
The story of a building that changed the history of architecture in Europe and in the World. The story of the Barcelona Pavilion, the masterpiece with which Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich staged their revolutionary ideas in 1929. Its construction and subsequent reconstruction immerse us in a reflection on the perception of art, space and the concept of a masterpiece
The Screening will be followed by a 20 min conversation on the documentary with one of its directors Pep Martín from Nihao Films, Ivan Blasi, curator of programmes at Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona and Martha Thorne, Dean at IE School of Architecture and Design, moderated by Nicolas Valencia, News Editor at Archdaily. http://www.miesonscene.com/
Director: Pep Martín & Xavi Campreciós. 2018. Duration: 57 min.
Clara Usón’s latest novel, El asesino tímido, is set during the transition in Spain and is based on the real case of the controversial death of Sandra Mozarovski, an actress who helped to break down the barrier of nudity in the post-Franco era and who apparently committed suicide. The daughter of a Russian diplomat, she moved in the highest social circles and her case was never resolved and greatly moved Spanish society of the seventies. Usón, one of the most prestigious literary voices of the moment, talks with Concha Barrigós, Head of Culture at EFE. They participate in the framework of the Wom@rts project in which the Hay Festival takes part.
The 2006 British fictional drama The Queen centres on the response of the royal family to the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, on 31 August 1997. The Queen’s initial view that the funeral of her former daughter-in-law should be given the treatment of one whose official status is outside the royal family changes in light of public pressure, the influence of Prime Minister Tony Blair, and more significantly the opinion of the Prince of Wales. Queen Elizabeth II was portrayed by Helen Mirren – who received the Best Actress Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award – in this film directed by Stephen Frears, who was nominated for the Best Director Academy Award and for the Golden Globe Award. The Queen was also nominated for the Best Film Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award 2006, and received the Premio Goya for Best European Film in 2007.
Casting: Helen Mirren, James Cromwell, Michael Sheen.
Director: Stephen Frears. 2006. Duration: 97 mins.
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE AYUNTAMIENTO DE SEGOVIA AND BLUE GUIDE
For the first time ever, the British Council hosts a stage in the Plaza San Martín where it will present a series of literary dances in which the audience will enjoy public readings while learning the steps of Europe and the world’s most representative dances together with some of the writers attending this year’s festival such as Sabrina Mahfouz and Julianne Pachico. The sound of words and music will give rhythm to this unique, playful and inspiring activity. The event lasts about one hour and half approximately.
The Leadership experts present the results of a two year study on the leadership behaviours of 600 Spanish executives. Looking at today’s leaders and executives, can we identify styles and needs for the future? Are there notable differences between the leadership strengths of male and female executives? What behavioral weaknesses are most likely to derail their careers? How can we help them to reach their maximum potential?
Marta Williams and Stephen Adamson, have created a unique Personal Development Program for more than 600 executives studying at Madrid’s IE University. For the past two years these executives/students have received a creative combination of specialized psychometric testing, in-depth analysis of their leadership styles, and feedback from their co-workers back at their jobs. Measurements were conducted on a continuous basis to track growth and perceptions of change from multiple points of view.
In this new edition of My Own and Others’ -a cycle of readings aloud that reaches its ninth edition at Hay Festival Segovia-: Alonso Ruiz-Rosas, Caroline Michel, Simon Manley, Antonio Lucas, Sabrina Mahfouz, José Félix Valdivieso, Christina Ward, read own texts or from their favourite authors, during the walk through the corners of the Garden of Romeral de San Marcos.
In case of rain, the event is moved to the Alhóndiga, same schedule.
Psychological war. Better than Game of Thrones. The keys of the global geostrategy.
For some years now, due to the complex current situation, the science of geopolitics is acquiring an importance that it had lost after the Second World War. How are the countries related? What power strategies do they use? Through numerous examples, we will see that there are a series of classic strategies, all with a background of hypocrisy and taking advantage of the weaknesses of others, which have prevailed over time.
The colonel and expert strategist Pedro Baños takes us into the unknowns of these games of domination between countries and reveals the keys and tricks of world power. He talks with José María Beneyto, writer of El spy who deceived Hitler, with a background in Nazi Germany.
Chekhov, a doctor by profession, said that medicine was his legal wife, while literature was only his lover. The Russian author took advantage of this double condition: his consultation served him as a privileged laboratory for the miseries of the soul. The precariousness of the literary profession forces most contemporary writers to practice this double life. The fact that very few can survive dedicated exclusively to creation raises reasonable questions: Does literature feed on the professional knowledge of part-time authors, or does it suffer from the lack of a more complete dedication? Isabel P. Fuentes alternates her position as director of the CaixaForum Madrid with the writing of novels. Miquel Molina also leads a double life: he is deputy editor of the newspaper La Vanguardia and novelist. Both will discuss their status as extramarital writers.
Eduardo Arroyo's drama career has been one of the keys to his creativity. The artist has dedicated four decades to building and designing sets for theater and opera together with Klaus Michael Grüber for the Salzburg Festival, the Paris Opera or different theaters in Germany, France and Spain. The writer Jesús Ruíz Mantilla and writer and journalist of RTVE, Lara Siscar, talk with the artist.
The writer and historian Giles Tremlett was awarded the prestigious 2018 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for Isabella of Castile, Europe’s First Great Queen. Segovia, where Isabella proclaimed herself queen, plays a central role in a controversial story of ambition, violence and success. Tremlett is a Fellow of the London School of Economic’s Cañada Blanch Centre. He has previously published a biography of Isabella’s daughter Catherine of Aragon and a celebrated study of contemporary Spain, Ghosts of Spain. He is a former Madrid correspondent for The Guardian and The Economist, and is currently Contributing Editor at The Guardian.
IN COLLABORATION WITH LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
The president of the Vasarely Foundation and grandson of Victor Vasarely talks to Guillermo Solana, Director of the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza de Madrid, about the recent exhibition Victor Vasarely: The Birth of Op Art, which covers the chronological evolution of the Hungarian-French artist’s body of work. They discuss the influence of the Bauhaus movement in the work of the father of Op Art and his utopic vision Polychromatic City of Happiness, which defines the artist’s interest in integrating art into architecture and public spaces.
COORGANIZED WITH MUSEO THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA AND THE LIGET BUDAPEST PROJECT