The sixteenth edition of the Hay Festival Segovia will be held from September 16 to 19, 2021. For the first time, to celebrate the heritage of Castilla y León there will be a series of previous events in various venues in the region. All events will be in-person — some will be streamed too — respecting the security protocols. More information here.
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.
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 literary career of Mathias Enard is closely linked to his interest in the Arab and Persian cultures, his specialist subject when he studied at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in France, his native country. He has lived in Paris, the Middle East, Spain and Berlin, and has translated works from Persian and Lebanese Arabic. He has also promoted a range of cultural publications, such as the graphic publisher, Scrawitch, and the gallery of the same name in the 11th arrondissement of the French capital. All his novels have won awards in France or abroad, from the first, La perfection du tir, to the penultimate, Compass, which won the Prix Goncourt and which was dedicated to the Syrian people, devastated by war. Other titles by him include Street of Thieves; Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants; and the last, Le banquet annuel de la confrérie des fossoyeurs. He is a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, a title awarded by the French Ministry of Culture.
Enard will talk to Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, a journalist and author of books such as Contar la música, Hotel Transición, Preludio, El encuentro and Papel, his latest.
A year ago, the Hay Festival Segovia staged a debate among journalists from Spain, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands regarding European management of the pandemic. The European Union ended up reaching a historical agreement to mobilise 750 billion Euros, but the negotiation process created strong tensions between North and South. Now Europe is facing the post-covid era with elections in Germany and France, and internal tensions in southern countries. This is the time to continue the debate, but with different actors. On this occasion we present Sandrine Morel, Spain correspondent for Le Monde; Reinhard Spiegelhauer, Chief Correspondent in Spain and Portugal of ARD (the German public radio and television corporation); and Enric Juliana, Assistant Editor of La Vanguardia in Madrid.
Moderated by Miquel Molina, also Assistant Editor of La Vanguardia, a newspaper that is celebrating its 140th year in 2021.
When Douglas Stuart began to write, in the moments not taken up by his work as a fashion designer, he was over thirty and had already lived a dramatic life. He grew up in Glasgow, in a family damaged by an absent father and his mother’s problems with alcohol. He later studied textile design, although literature was his first interest. Aged 24 he moved to New York and worked for brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic. With his first novel, Shuggie Bain, he won the 2020 Booker Prize, becoming only the second Scottish author to do so, and putting him on the European literary map. It is the story of a childhood like his own, unconditional love for a mother, the alcoholism she suffers, and the economic plight of post-industrial West of Scotland in the Thatcher era, characterised by unemployment and social problems.
Stuart will talk to Andrea Aguilar, Culture journalist for El País.
The current circumstances have meant that many of us have had to reconsider our future and seek new goals. Lucy Kellaway, however, did so years ago: aged 57, she decided to leave her successful career as a Financial Times columnist and start a new life teaching at a London secondary school. Kellaway has recently published a new book: Re-educated, in which she tells the story of how she changed her life. This writer and educator, co-founder of the educational charity Now Teach, which offers new strategies to teachers, returns to the Hay Festival to talk about her experiences with Santiago Íñiguez, President of the IE University, author of books such as Global Leaders and The Learning Curve and world expert on education.
Until 2001, Jean Paul Brigand, a biologist and economist then based in Paris, combined his work as a financier with his passion for gardens. That was the year his passion won out, and together with his wife, Anne Kenny, he started out on a dream in the Alentejo region of Portugal. At his home, the Lugar do Olhar Feliz, all the senses come to life: from the sight of the beautiful David Austin roses to the scent of orange blossom. Here he cares for 350 kinds of citrus plant, one of the finest collections in southern Europe. Many of these citruses come from Japan, and the collection includes the famous Sorrento lemon, the variety used to make limoncello. Brigand has managed to create a botanist’s dream, overcoming all the difficulties involved in maintaining a collection of this size.
Lorenzo de’ Medici, a direct descendent of the famous family of patrons, is able to tell us about a Medici family secret, one that links him to Brigand: collecting citrus plants. He has also had a long career as a writer of novels (La conjura de la reina, Las cartas robadas, La palabra perdida), historical essays (Los Médici, nuestra historia) and travel guides. He has made documentaries about his family for major European television channels, such as Arte TV.
Both will be presented by Julia Casaravilla, museologist, conservator and owner of the Romeral de San Marcos, a garden designed by her husband, Leandro Silva.
For Santiago Beruete, looking at a garden is looking at life and learning to read it differently. He also considers that goodness is an attribute of the intelligence. Starting from these bases, this anthropologist and Doctor of Philosophy, who combines his educational and research activity with gardening and writing, will teach us to reflect on the importance of our relationship with nature. He has published the essays Aprendívoros, Jardinosofía and Verdolatría. The subtitles of these books, respectively “Cultivating Curiosity”, “A Philosophical History of Gardens” and “Nature Teaches Us To Be Human” give us an idea of his goal, which is none other than to talk about the Earth on terms of equality, and not from an anthropocentric viewpoint.
He will talk to Fernanda Febres-Cordero, Publishing Coordinator at Turner.
How has the continent been affected by the trauma of Covid-19 in political, economic, cultural and social terms? What does this mean for the future? Five experts in international politics will talk about Europe after the pandemic, bearing in mind the German and French elections, the polarization of Spain, European funds and the consequences of Brexit. The guests at this event will be Arancha González Laya, Spanish Foreign Minister from January 2020 to July 2021 in Pedro Sánchez’s second government; Lucía Méndez Prada, political commentator, journalist and founder of El Mundo newspaper; Simon Kuper, Financial Times journalist and author of Barça: The Inside Story of the World’s Greatest Football Club; Ana Carbajosa, journalist and author of Angela Merkel: Crónica de una era and Daniel Dombey, the Financial Times’ Spain correspondent.
They will talk to Frederick Studemann, the literary editor of the Financial Times
The event will be introduced by Manuel Muñiz, expert in international relations and former Secretary of State of España Global.
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.
Garazi Sánchez first tried surfing aged 7, and at 14 was travelling the world to surf. At 25 he was Spanish champion and number two in Europe. A back injury almost ended his surfing, but with the recovery of his mobility he also became aware of the need to protect the marine environment; although it was a place he felt at home, it was something that had previously been unknown to him, having only been the place where he sought the perfect wave. From this experience came his involvement in the documentary, Vergüenza, which he has produced and co-directed with Iker Elorrieta, in order to draw attention to the dangers to our oceans and what will happen if we do not stop our destructive behaviour.
He will talk about his desire to go to the Olympic Games and his fight for a living ocean with Félix Jordán de Urríes, General Manager of the Deporte Joven Foundation.
Garazi Sánchez will join the event digitally.
In a year of recovery, new horizons and the need to look at the long-term future, the questions of the economy and political leadership play a crucial role. The Hay Festival has invited four international experts to debate these matters: Javier Maroto, Spanish politician, economist and Popular Party senator; Elcin Poyrazlar, Turkish writer and columnist whose reporting from London, Brussels, Istanbul and Washington has been published by media outlets including the BBC and HuffPost; Gonzalo Garland, Peruvian economist and lecturer and Executive Vice-president of the IE Foundation; and Pallavi Aiyar, Indian journalist, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the digital newspaper The Globalist and author of numerous books.
They will talk to the historian and Guardian journalist, Giles Tremlett.