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.
Maysun Abu-Khdeir, born in Zaragoza to a father of Palestinian origin, started work in photojournalism almost by chance, as a way of examining her identity and the world around her. After over fifteen years in the profession, this independent Palestinian photographic journalist has become an outstanding and highly experienced documentary photographer covering areas in conflict. A perceptive critic of injustice, she was nominated for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize by the European Pressphoto Agency for her coverage of the Syrian civil war. She has also covered social and political conflicts and natural disasters in Europe, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Maysun combines her work as a journalist with public speaking, education, painting and design. Her exhibition, To Exist is to Resist, on show at the Hay Festival, is about the lives of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and in the countries where they have taken refuge.
Maysun will talk to the journalist Aurelio Martín.
Inauguration of the exhibition for the press: 12:00.
Public opening of the exhibition: 18:00.
In this session we will analyze the relationship Ignacio Zuloaga had with Segovia, a city he got to know at the end of the 19th century and where his uncle Daniel -a renowned potter- lived, and with the local newspaper El Adelantado de Segovia, on the paper’s 120th anniversary. Zuloaga lived for some periods of time in the city of the Aqueduct, and he had his studio, among other places, in Ayala Berganza Palace, commonly known as the House of Crime, located in the San Millán neighborhood -which left its mark in works such as Las brujas de san Millán. His great grandson Enrique Laborde is a member of the Trust of the Villa de Pedraza Foundation, which manages the legacy of Zuloaga from the castle that the painter bought, and in which a museum dedicated to the artist can be found. Laborde will talk about his relationship with the painter and with the Segovian poet José Rodao. The director of El Adelantado, Ángel González Pieras will talk about the coverage that the paper did of his work, which he renovated thanks to his time in Castille, and because of the reviews published in the paper’s pages; many of them signed by Rodao and by Leyre Bozal, a curator of the exhibition Zuloaga en el París de la Belle Époque, alongside Pablo Jiménez Burillo. Bozal will talk about the painter and the black Segovia of the beginning of the 20th century.
The conversation will take place in the old Synagogue, run by the Villa Pedraza Foundation, built in 1992, whose mission is to preserve and enrich the monumental patrimony of the Villa.
After the talk, the attendees will enjoy a visit to the Pedraza Castle where part of the artist’s collection is preserved.
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.
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.
Alex Fidalgo is one of the most high-profile podcasters on the Internet, known for his personal conversation style. He has interviewed Andreu Buenafuente, Pedro Duque, Sonsoles Ónega, Ismael Serrano, Manuela Carmena, Marc Gasol and others. He is the creator of one of Spain’s most popular podcasts: Lo que tú digas. Over the course of the four years it has been running, Fidalgo has put his programme among the highest ranked podcasts in the country, with millions of downloads and many thousands of subscribers.
Xavi Martínez is a journalist and presenter, whose career has included time with 40 Principales and Europa FM. He has also been a judge on the Telecinco music programme Factor X España. In his work as a creator of content and formats, since October 2020 he has been producing and presenting the podcast Seven, interviewing major figures from different areas of life, using the seven deadly sins as a recurring motif. Laura Pausini, Juan Luis Cebrián and Iñaki Gabilondo are some of those who featured during the first series. With over 238,000 followers on social media, Xavi Martínez knows how to conduct a conversation that we can all connect with.
The long career of Luis María Ansón has established him as a major figure in Spanish journalism; he has held positions of responsibility such as head of EFE agency and Editor of ABC, and he also founded La Razón newspaper. He has won important awards including the Mariano de Cavia and the Luca de Tena. He returns to the Hay Festival Segovia to talk about the heritage press on the 120th anniversary of the newspaper El Adelantado de Segovia, which has not missed a day’s news since 16 October 1901. El Adelantado de Segovia is one of Spain’s provincial heritage papers, with four generations of the same family as majority partners. Luis María Ansón will talk to the current editor, Ángel González Pieras, who, during his own career, has passed through various companies in the worlds of finance and journalism.