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With only a few days to the Climate Summit co-organized by the United Kingdom and Italy this year, the Hay Festival Segovia is hosting a round table to address the issues of the climate emergency, with a special focus on the role of civil society as the engine of the green revolution. How to increase citizen participation in these debates and how to accompany the changes promoted by the Paris agreement will be among the topics discussed by Nick Bridge, Special Representative of the British Government for Climate Change, Eva Saldaña, Executive Director of Greenpeace Spain, Eduardo Brunet, Founder and CEO at Greenward Partners, and Rubeena Singh, Master in International Development young graduate and former President of the IE Net Impact Club.
An insightful debate moderated by Daniel Dombey, Madrid Correspondent at Financial Times, and introduced by Isabela del Alcazar, Head of Sustainability at IE University.
Nick Bridge will contribute digitally.
This event, featuring Valerio Rocco and Sonia Mulero, who both lead institutions dedicated to creating cultural exchange and knowledge, will be about the transformational power of culture.
Valerio Rocco is a philosopher and writer and since November 2019 she has been at the head of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Madrid-based historical cultural institution, which now has the Casa Europa stamp. She also lectures on the History of Modern Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Madrid and has been the Vice-deacon of Research at that university’s Faculty of Philosophy and Literature. Her areas of research include European Philosophy and the Geopolitical Philosophy of History. She has participated in a 2020 Horizon European research project entitled Failure, about the concept of failure and its reversibility.
Sonia Mulero is an expert in the management of not-for-profit organizations, in training volunteers and in technological entrepreneurship. As well as running the Banco de Sabadell Foundation, she is a member of the committees and boards of various foundations and associations in her area, including Eina (the Barcelona art and design centre), the Hemav Foundation (which trains young people to manage non-profit ventures), the Photographic Foundation (which runs the World Press Photo prize), the FECyT foundation, the Ashoka Venture Board, the Celera committee, and the Catalunya Cultura Foundation’s PIC committee. In 2019 she was listed in the top 100 Spanish Women Leaders.
The vitality and energy of the world of books and literature in India come to the Hay Festival with one of its major figures: Sanjoy Roy runs the world’s largest literary event, the Jaipur Literature Festival, and has created the parallel event, Jaipur Book Mark, in support of the publishing sector in Asia. With his company, Teamwork Arts, he also runs more than 25 acclaimed theatre, visual arts and literary festivals. He is the founder of the Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT), which works to offer services supporting street children and workers in central Delhi. In 2011, the White House granted SBT a President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities award.
The Indian journalist and writer Pallavi Aiyar has a long career as a press correspondent and she has worked in Indonesia, China, Japan and other countries. Her first book, Smoke and Mirrors, deals with the political and social difference between the Chinese and Indian systems. Her subsequent work on the European crisis, Punjabi Parmesan, was chosen by Foreign Affairs magazine as one of the best books of 2016. She has published in many prestigious outlets, including The New York Times, Granta and Los Angeles Review of Books.
Roy and Aiyar will talk to Raphael Minder, Spain and Portugal correspondent for The New York Times. The event will be introduced by Catalina Tejero, the Head of the IE University’s Arts and Humanities Department.
They have achieved success along different roads, but literature is the activity that brings them together at the Hay Festival. They have something else in common: women, their identities, their place in the world and their struggle for liberty all play an important role in their books.
Najat el Hachmi became well-known in Spain after winning the latest Nadal Prize, one of the country’s most prestigious awards. Yet even before the prizewinning book, El lunes nos querrán, achieved success, el Hachmi had published various works based on her own socio-cultural and life experiences, as the daughter of Moroccan immigrants raised in Vic (Barcelona province). These have included novels such as La hija del patriarca, Madre de leche y miel and La hija extranjera as well as essays such as Yo también soy catalana, which deals with the integration of immigrants. As well as the Nadal, she has also received the Ramón Llul Novel Prize and the Sant Joan award for fiction.
Sandra Barneda was already very popular before her first novel became a bestseller. The career of this journalist and presenter, who has also done acting work, has been closely linked to successful entertainment programmes for television such as Gran Hermano VIP, Supervivientes and La isla de las tentaciones. Her literary work has only increased her reputation, allowing her to connect with readers through titles such as Reír al viento, Hablarán de nosotras and La hija del agua. Her latest novel, Un océano para llegar a ti, was shortlisted for the 2020 Planeta Prize.
El Hachmi and Barneda will talk to the journalist Jesús García Calero, editor of the ABC newspaper’s cultural supplement.
Eleven years after his first participation in the Hay Festival Segovia, in which he advocated for social responsibility in architecture, renowned Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner, Shigeru Ban, returns to Segovia to converse with Martha Thorne, Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design, and David Goodman, architect, professor and associate dean of the school. This time they will talk about how sustainability must be at the core of any design process and about the importance of new generations of architects.
Shigeru Ban was recently appointed Ambassador to the EU New European Bauhaus, an initiative to promote a cultural and sustainable movement in the European Union at the highest level and to help Europe to move to a circular economy. At the Hay Festival, he will also present some of his latest projects that range from university buildings, to museums, an airport and disaster relief projects. Additionally, he will also talk about his paper tube structures and a next initiative to be developed on the IE campus in Segovia.
Shigeru Ban will participate remotely from Japan.
In a society that has not yet built up a strong critical spirit with regard to the hoaxes and fake news circulating on the Internet, often pushed by hidden interests, some specialist media outlets and websites dedicate their efforts to checking and verifying the facts, as well as working to raise levels of media literacy among the various sectors of society. To debate the state of this matter, we have invited Carlos Hernández-Echevarría, Head of the Department of Public Policy & Institutional Development at Maldita.es, a non-profit media outlet whose aim is to offer citizens tools to counter fake news; Desirée García, a specialist in international information and Head of EFE Verifica, the agency where she was previously Sub-Saharan Africa correspondent; and Myriam Redondo, who has introduced the verification workshops in Spain, author of the book, “Verificación digital para periodistas. Manual contra bulos y desinformación internacional”, representative of Verifica RTVE.
They will talk to the journalist Aurelio Martín.
For years, the political scientist and human rights defender Ingrid Betancourt was constantly in the international news. In February 2002, as a candidate for the presidency of her country, Colombia, she was abducted by FARC and was not subsequently freed until 2008. The former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Juan Manuel Santos, was one of the main figures behind the peace agreement with this guerrilla group. Both have a long career working in favour of human rights and have also worked in ecology and sustainable development. During her time as a representative in the Colombian parliament, Betancourt, who was later a senator, created the country’s first ecological party. During his time in government, Santos, the author of a number of books, promoted sustainable development goals, and through the Compaz Foundation has worked to empower victims, consolidate peace and defend the environment.
They will talk about the events in which they have been centrally involved, and whose importance goes beyond the borders of Colombia. A figure who has become a global spokesperson against abduction and the man who was key to the peace agreement have spoken through the pages of the book Una conversación pendiente, and at this festival event will talk live about matters of urgency that affect our globalized world.
Betancourt and Santos will talk to the journalist Jesús Vigorra, the producer and presenter of Canal Sur Radio’s La mañana de Andalucia
The event will be introduced by Diego del Alcázar Benjumea, the Executive Vice-president of IE University.
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 Jesús Calero.
Hay Festival’s connection with Pilar Quintana began in 2007 when the festival created Bogotá39, a list of 39 of the best Latin American fiction writers aged under 40. The Colombian author is this year’s winner of the Alfaguara Prize with her fifth novel, Los abismos. Violence and beauty usually come together in the books of Quintana and this is also the case with Los abismos, which tells the story of two generations of women. Unlike other of her novels, there is no blood or political violence, but there is another more subtle kind of violence, which is experienced within the family and particularly by women. Her latest novel, The Bitch, was shortlisted for the 2020 National Book Award. She is also the author of short stories, a collection of which has been published with the title Caperucita se come al lobo.
Quintana will talk to Cristina Fuentes La Roche, International Director of Hay Festival, and jury of Alfaguara Prize 2020.
Essay and poetry are César Antonio Molina’s preferred genres, for which he has obtained the highest awards and decorations both in Spain and abroad. However he has also written works of memoir and travel writing. A chronicler of his times, his facet as a journalist has always accompanied his literary career. Cultural management and political positions are also part of his background: he was Minister of Culture between 2007 and 2009 in one of Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s governments, and has also run the Cervantes Institute, the Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Casa del Lector. The last of his almost fifty books (including Olas en la noche, La caza de los intelectuales, Lugares donde se calma el dolor, La poesía es un error necesario...) has the provocative title of ¡Qué bello será vivir sin cultura! (“How lovely it would be to live without culture!”). In it, he asks about the role of art, literature and beauty in a world dominated by social networks, populism and fake news. He also proposes some hopeful responses to these questions.
He will talk to the journalist and writer Angélica Tanarro.
The name of the ground-breaking and daring Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada has become an internationally renowned shorthand for bright, positive fashion, one that sets its own rules. Her creations are present on the most important catwalks around the world, and her characteristic colour and optimism are present in her designs not only of clothes, but also of household articles and accessories. She appears regularly on television, and her various awards and distinctions are features of a career that is now being continued by her children, Cósima and Tristán.
Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada will talk about her ideas about fashion and its major practitioners with Eloy Martínez de la Pera Celada, an acclaimed curator of successful exhibitions that bring together art and fashion, including Balenciaga and Spanish Painting, which in 2019 brought iconic works by the designer together with paintings by Goya, Velázquez and Zurbarán at the Thyssen Museum; and Sorolla and Fashion, which was shown at the Thyssen and the Sorolla Museum.
The Redes que crean riqueza project is the rendering, in a parallel project with the Hay Festival, of several connections that have been created in the field of the exchange of experience and knowledge throughout all of the festival’s editions. Inspired by the Book Market of the Jaipur Festival, the Hay Festival has gathered 25 professionals from the world of culture and books, whose seven minute participations will be broadcasted via streaming and via podcast. Apart from Sanjoy Roy, director of the Indian Festival that inspired the initiative, from Pallavi Aiyar and Raphael Minder who participated on Friday (and whose participations can be followed on the Hay Player), this event includes Ana Gavin, Director of International Relations of the Grupo Planeta; Miguel Aguilar, Publishing Director of Debate, Taurus and Literatura Random House publishing houses; Carlota del Amo, Director of Corporate Communication at Penguin Random House; Marta Williams, expert in the field of women's leadership; Carlos Hernández-Lahoz, international consultant of the Princess of Asturias Foundation; Fuencisla Valverde, who has been at the head of Diagonal, one of the leading socio-cultural centres of Segovia, for 35 years; Alberto Espinar, agricultural engineer and councillor of Innovation and Culture at the Council of Segovia; Jorge Fernández Leon, expert in cultural policies and trustee at the Spanish Academy in Rome; Emilio Gil, a designer, Gold Medal of Fine Arts; Manuel Mateo Pérez, writer, editor and director of the Publishers Weekly magazine in Spanish; Sonia Mulero, Director of the Banco de Sabadell Foundation and member of the Patronage of the Escola Eina Foundation; Geoffroy Gérard, general director of the IR Foundation; Daniel Fernández, president of the Edhasa and Castilia publishing houses, and current President of the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO); Almudena Bermejo, expert entrepreneur in the field of cultural projects and sustainability; Carlos Rod, Co-director of the independent publishing house La Uña Rota; Beltrán Gambier, a jurist and Director of Intramuros magazine; Juan Zafra, Director of Telos magazine and General Secretary of Open Publishers Club (CLABE); Valerio Rocco, a philosopher and Director of the Círculo de Bellas Artes; Xavier Vidal, Director of the Nollegiu bookshop, an iconic cultural centre of the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona; Jesús Prieto, xpert jurist in the field of Cultural Law; Javier Gila, President of the NGO Aida; Patrici Tixis, president of the Guild of Editors of Spain and Director of Communications of Grupo Planeta; and Raúl Fernández Sobrino, Culture Viceadvisor of the Board of Castilla y León.
Pedro Zuazua, Director of Communications of PRISA Noticias will moderate this event.
Some of this British historian’s major themes include the Russian Revolution, the history of the Soviet Union, and European cultural history since 1700. Orlando Figes, who also has German nationality, has won various awards for his work, and books such as A People’s Tragedy. The Russian Revolution. 1891-1924; Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia; and The Whisperers. Private Life in Stalin’s Russia have been translated into fifteen languages. The latest book by this scholar, educated at Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity College between 1984 and 1999, is The Europeans. The work looks at a key moment for European culture: the mid-19th century, when advances in communications enabled great artistic achievements, encouraged people to begin to look beyond nationalism, and the rise of a European canon in art, music and literature. Figes is a member of the Royal Society of Literature.
He will talk to Guillermo Altares, an El País journalist and author of books such as Esto es un infierno. Los personajes del cine bélico and Una lección olvidada.
Belonging to a historical dynasty of Swedish aristocracy, the Natt och Dag (“Night and Day”), has not stopped this Stockholm writer from using his novels to reflect on the privileges of a dominant class that rose above the poverty of the general population in 18th-century Sweden. His literary debut, 1793, was placed on national lists of the best book of the year. His winning combination of thriller and historical novel meant that he became a hot property at crime writing events, such as BCN Negra. Now, with 1794 recently published in Spain, he continues what will be the Bellman Noir trilogy, whose third episode is underway. Niklas Natt och Dag belongs to that small group of writers whose first work is published in over thirty countries. The boy who admired Stephen King is now a star writer.
Natt och Dagg will talk to the El País journalist, Juan Carlos Galindo, who runs the Elemental crime writing blog.
At this year’s Propios y Ajenos —a cycle of readings that has taken place twelve times at the Hay Festival Segovia— the poets Diego Doncel, Carlos Aganzo, Angélica Tanarro, Mario Obrero and María Gómez Lara will read poems from their own books,and Hiramatsu Kenji, Patricia Hiramatsu, the Dutch ambassador, Jan Versteeg; the Dutch poet Bärbell Geijsen, the Indian ambassador Sanjay Verma and his wife Sangeeta Matta Verma and Caroline Michel by their favourite poets, in a trail around the most beautiful spots of the garden of San Marcos. Once again, the writer José Félix Valdivieso will be the master of ceremonies.
In case of rain, the event will take place in the Alhóndiga at the same time.
Well known for the bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (David Fickling Books, 2006) –a novel that won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for a British Book Award, has been translated into over forty books, has sold over five million copies, and was made into a film in 2008–, John Boyne has also written several other works of fiction. These include Mutiny on the Bounty, The Date, The Thief of Time, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, This House is Haunted and A History of Loneliness. His latest novel to be published in Spanish, Las furias invisibles del corazón, (The Heart’s Invisible Furies), which Salamandra published in May this year, is an ambitious journey into the turbulent world of love and desire in search of the instinctive human need for affection and happiness. This fine portrait of Ireland’s recent past shows the talent of Boyne, but also a personal side, since this is one of the most autobiographical of his works.
John Boyne will talk to Alberto Marcos, writer and editor of Plaza&Janés
Silvia Abril and Toni Acosta are women, actors, comedians, friends, sportswomen, travellers, mothers, daughters… They are so many things that they need a podcast to talk about it all. Their particular style has brought them success: theirs is Spain’s most popular comedy podcast, with over a million followers on social media.
Every episode of Las del Grupo, which lasts half an hour, is a humorous conversation whose distinguishing characteristic is the pair’s willingness to laugh at themselves. The Las del Grupo podcast runs exclusively on Podimo and offers the two friends and colleagues the chance to spark off each other.
Silvia Abril has participated in numerous television programmes, including Homo Zapping and El show de Buenafuente. For film, she appeared in the Torrente series as well as movies such as El mejor verano de mi vida and Padre no hay más que uno.
Toni Acosta has taken part in television series such as Siete vidas and Señoras del (h)AMPA, as well as films including Yucatán and Poliamor para principiantes
The comedy duo will talk to the journalist and radio and television presenter Álex Fidalgo, who currently presents the conversation podcast Lo que tú digas.
If in his acclaimed Ordesa, Manuel Vilas made a family portrait in which many Spanish families could be reflected, and in Alegría, his next book, he claimed this feeling almost more important than happiness, in Los besos, his latest novel, recently arrival in bookstores, the author advocates falling in love in middle age. The kisses began to develop with the pandemic and, as the author himself has confessed, he decided to take advantage of the confinement to write about something as universal as love and, through it, the need to recover eroticism and tenderness and the freedom that everything human being experiences when he falls in love. Vilas was already a recognized author when his autobiographical novel Ordesa made him one of the most widely read authors, not only in Spanish. The work was translated into more than twenty languages and was the book of the year 2018 for the main media in the country. Other titles of his are Spain, The luminous gift or Lou Reed was Spanish. Con Alegría was a finalist for the Planeta award. Vilas also writes essays and poetry. His collections of poems have been compiled into anthologies such as Amor y Poesía completa.
Manuel Vilas will talk with Ana Gavin, director of editorial relations for Grupo Planeta and a long-standing editor, in which prominent names of our lyrics appear.
What is crucial for creating a good story? What errors do new writers frequently commit? And what about the most common vices in the profession? Marcelo Luján, one of the most high-profile short story and detective novel writers of the moment will look at some important areas, just as he does in his classes at the Writers’ School. Luján has won important awards, including the Ribera de Duero Prize for his fine short story collection La claridad. He also received the Dashiell Hammett Prize for Subsuelo and the Getafe Crime Novel Prize for La mala espera. Other books by him include Moravia, Flores para Irene, Siempre hay alguien a quien matar and the book of poetic prose Pequeños pies ingleses.
Luján will talk to the journalist Juan Carlos Galindo, Culture Section and Babelia writer for El País and coordinator of the Elemental crime writing blog.
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.