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.
A long time has passed since, aged just 21, the naturalist and writer Joaquín Araújo decided to live in harmony with nature, and dedicate his life not only to education, farming and defending these values, but to examining the intimate relationship between people and their natural surroundings and how this is reflected in poetry and art. Since then, he has published many scholarly works as well as artistic approaches to these areas. A close collaborator with the unforgettable Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, his career has been greatly involved in television, radio and writing. He has also received many awards for his work, including the Global 500 Roll of Honour recognition, granted by the UN.
The biologist and environmental consultant Raúl Tapia is a project manager at the Tormes Foundation and a member of the International Writers for the Earth Network. He has overseen the creation of ten environmental interpretation centres in protected natural spaces and his career has been recognised with several awards related to environmental conservation.
These two environmentalists, with their great commitment to the Earth, will talk about caring for nature, and its relationship to language, art and culture with the poet and journalist Carlos Aganzo.
There are a number of essential writers in Spanish-language short fiction, and one of them is Gonzalo Calcedo, who recently won the Castile and Leon Literature Prize. His short stories tell of worlds that are nearby, or hidden; urban and natural; which reveal solitude but also fellow-feeling among humans. His many titles include La carga de la brigada ligera, Temporada de huracanes, El prisionero de la Avenida Lexington and Las inglesas.
There are also other ways to tell stories: with the opening of a camera shutter. This way of talking about life is the one chosen by the photographer Ángel Marcos. His images not only reveal far-off worlds, often endangered ones, but are also a commitment to human beings. Marcos has travelled to cities such as New York and Barcelona, and countries such as China, Cuba, and the Vatican to create images that have been exhibited in major museums in Spain and abroad.
This compassion for the people around them is what unites these two artists, who will talk about their careers and the links between writing and photography.
Calcedo and Marcos will talk to the journalist and writer Angélica Tanarro, author of books such as Serán distancia and Memoria del límite.