Hay Festival Segovia 2021

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.

Event 1

Jesús Carrasco in conversation with Angélica Tanarro

The confirmation of a brilliant debut

Venue: Bodegas Protos. Peñafiel (Valladolid)
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Jesús Carrasco is one of those authors whose outstanding debut has set the pace for his literary career. In his case, the book was Out in the Open, a phenomenon whose outstanding storytelling continues to attract readers. The characters, a boy fleeing violence and a goatherd who takes him under his wing, have been brought to life by Jaime López and the acclaimed actor Luis Tosar, who star in the film version of the novel, directed by Benito Zambrano. After this striking debut, which has been translated into 28 languages and has won various international prizes, and the author’s second novel, La tierra que pisamos, Carrasco returns with Llévame a casa. This is a story of flight and return, of the responsibility of caring for the elderly, and the weight of family. Critics and readers often compare the writer to the great Miguel Delibes, whose legacy will be considered at this event.

Jesús Carrasco will talk to the cultural journalist and writer Angélica Tanarro. Presented by Elisa Delibes, Chair of The Delibes Foundation and Javier Ortega, Minister of Culture in the Castile and Leon Regional Government.

This event will be live streamed.

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Event 2

Edgar González in conversation with his students

The legacy of Richard Rogers

Venue: Bodegas Protos. Peñafiel (Valladolid)
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The legacy of Richard Rogers is the topic of this event in the company of the architect Edgar González and his students at the IE University School of Architecture and Design, whose Design degree has been coordinated by González since 2016. The venue will be one of Rogers’ own buildings, the Protos winery in Peñafiel (Valladolid).

The students that will take part are Nicole Limpo (Philippines), of fourth year; Javier Madero (Spain), from the third year and Danielle White (Canada) and Sebastián Arguello (Nicaragua), fifth year students.

Edgar González took his degree in architecture at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and has worked at architectural practices of international renown, such as those of Zara Hadid and Torres Nadal, and also as an editorial designer for major firms in the United Kingdom. He has his own design studio in Madrid where he works as a strategic consultant, specializing in applying design processes in the contemporary city in relation to the new technologies.

During the event there will be a screening of the pre-recorded conversation between Richard Rogers and Martha Thorne. In it, Rogers –a distinguished architect, winner of the 2007 Pritzker Prize and considered to be one of the foremost representatives of contemporary urban planning– talks about his vision regarding the future of the city. Rogers’ major buildings include the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s building in London and the Terminal 4 building at Madrid’s Barajas Airport, as well as the winery where the event will be held.

Martha Thorne is the Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize and Deacon of the IE University’s School of Architecture and Design. Presented by Geoffroy Gerard, Director of the IE Foundation and María Sheila Cremaschi, Director of Hay Festival Segovia.

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Event 3

Raúl Tola talks about the work of Mario Vargas Llosa

Literary landmarks of a global writer

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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The Peruvian writer and journalist Raúl Tola will talk about the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and will present a pre-recorded conversation with the Nobel laureate at an event attended by readers of the author of The Time of the Hero.

Raúl Tola has worked as a print and television journalist for some of his country’s most important organizations; he is also a regular contributor to El País newspaper in Spain, where he currently lives. He has published the novels Noche de cuervos, Heridas privadas, Flores amarillas, La noche sin ventanas and La favorita del Inca, as well as the short story collection Toque de queda. He currently runs the Cátedra Vargas Llosa organization.

In his conversation with the Nobel prize-winner, he will ask Vargas Llosa about a career that has made him one of the few writers to be consecrated while still at the height of their powers. His acclaim is based on the prestige and popularity of his writings, as well as on the fact he has won the most important international literary awards (including the Cervantes Prize, the most important in the Spanish language). Vargas Llosa, who has both Peruvian and Spanish nationality, is a true citizen of the world and has published over a hundred works. He has written in a wide range of genres including drama and journalism, but his most outstanding work has been in the novel and in essay writing. The writer’s bibliography has been translated into many different languages. The career of the author of The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Conversation in the Cathedral and Tiempos recios, his latest work of fiction, spans the second half of the 20th century, including the famous boom in Latin American literature, of which he was one of the most outstanding writers. Still creating works of critical importance in 21st century, Vargas Llosa’s place in the pantheon of world writers seems assured.

After the screening of the encounter between the two authors, Tola will talk to members of Segovia’s book clubs present at the event.

Presented by the Director of the Segovia Public Library, Roberto García Arribas.

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Event 4

Elena Goded in conversation with Sofía Barroso

Weaving together the conservation of natural species and craft tradition

Venue: Ábbatte tejeduría. Collado Hermoso (Segovia)
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Set in the 13th century ruins of the Cistercian monastery of Santa María de la Sierra in the Segovia town of Collado Hermoso, there is a botanical garden that specialises in the cultivation of plants for dyeing, some of which have almost disappeared elsewhere. However, this idyllic spot has more to offer: thanks to the initiative of Elena Goded and her company Ábbatte, the traditional form of artisan weaving with shuttle and loom have a present and a future here. One of the plants that has been recovered is rubia tinctorum (dyer’s madder), which had disappeared from central Spain. The beautiful fabrics woven here are now sold internationally. This initiative, which won a National Craft Award in 2015, was an unexpected turn in the career of Elena Goded, a former biologist and university lecturer.

This event is about the conjunction of nature conservation and the revitalisation of time-honoured craft methods, and is hosted by the cultural manager Sofía Barroso, a specialist in art and gardens.

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Experiences of the japanese garden. Sofía Barroso introduces Monty Don

Sofía Barroso introduces a documentary about the Japanese garden that takes us on a journey guided by one of the great specialists on the subject, the writer and journalist Monty Don, who for two decades has presented some of the BBC’s most important programmes on gardens and gardening. In the documentary, Don talks to the photographer Derry Moore about these gardens, which combine ethics and aesthetics, beauty and philosophy, in a celebration of the natural world. The documentary features the great garden of Kenroku-en, the Zen gardens of Tokyo, the historical wonders of Kyoto, and also covers the seasonal celebrations of hanami (visits to the spring cherry blossom) and momijigari, the custom of enjoying the magnificent autumn spectacle of the turning leaves.

This event will be live streamed too.

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Event 5

Fermín Herrero and Carlos Aganzo in conversation

Dialogues with the Land. The future of 'Emtpy Spain'

Venue: Palacio Ducal de Medinaceli (Soria)
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Rural depopulation, culture and a need to return to nature are the themes that will occupy this meeting between two writers: Fermín Herrero and Carlos Aganzo. The poetry of Fermín Herrero, winner of the Castile and Leon Literature Prize, has become a symbol of the España vacía, or ‘Empty Spain’. The poet and journalist Carlos Aganzo is linked to the El Norte de Castilla, Miguel Delibes’ newspaper, a publication that is profoundly involved with the countryside and the rural world. Natural and cultural heritage come together to give voice to the land, at an event in which the Hay Festival extends its arms, from Segovia, around Castile and Leon.

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Event 6

Maysun in conversation with Aurelio Martín

On the exhibition To Exist is to Resist

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Sede de Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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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.

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Event 7

Juan Delgado and Sheila Blanco in conversation

Music, culture and traditions in Empty Spain

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Rural life has always been linked to music, through rituals and chants of propitiation. This is the area studied by the composer, sound designer, music producer and ethnomusicologist Juan Delgado, who specialises in Segovia province, where practices for the supplication of rain and other conditions that favour the annual cycle of farming labours were widespread until the 1970s. Delgado, whose study will soon be published in book form, has also recently received the Young Composers prize from the SGAE-CNDM Foundation for his composition Ad Pretedam Pluviam.

In a conversation about music and its cultural context, Delgado will talk to the pianist, singer and composer Sheila Blanco, an artist who has given a voice to the women authors of the Generation of 27.

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Event 8

Enrique Laborde, Leyre Bozal and Ángel Gonzalez Pieras in conversation

Ignacio Zuloaga and El Adelantado de Segovia

Venue: Centro Santo Domingo (Antigua Sinagoga) de Pedraza de la Sierra
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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.

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Event 9

New beginnings

Writing workshop

Venue: Sala pequeña de la Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Do you accept the challenge of writing a story in English… in one hour? We will give you the characters, the situation and the setting… just bring your imagination! We await you at this literary competition for young people aged 12 to 17.

Ages 12 to 17
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Event 10

Ray Loriga and Enrique López Lavigne in conversation with Elsa Fernández-Santos

Where literature and film meet

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Literature and film, and audio-visual creation in general, have always had their points in common. This has become even more so in recent years, and with the rise of new platforms literature is overflowing to other media and finding new publics along the way. While talent scouts and agents specialize in the sale of rights, publishing houses create new departments for television adaptations. At the Hay Festival to talk about adapting books for film and television will be the writer Ray Loriga, author of novels (Rendición; El bebedor de lágrimas; Sábado, domingo), short stories (El hombre que inventó Manhattan) and screenplays for films such as Live Flesh; Theresa, The Body of Christ and Picasso y El Guernica; and the film producer Enrique López Lavigne, who has worked on films including Lo imposible, Un monstruo viene a verme and Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure

They will talk to the El País cultural journalist Elsa Fernández-Santos.

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Event 12

Amancio Prada in conversation with Carlos Aganzo

Dialogues with the Earth

Venue: Museo de la Siderurgia y la Minería de Castilla y León. Sabero (León)
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Music has always accompanied key moments in the lives of the people. In the rural world, these moments have been in a context of life rooted in nature, festivals and traditions. Now that depopulation and the need to return to the countryside are being discussed publicly, it is a good time to talk about how music and song have a place in rural life. Who better to revive them than a singer-songwriter like Amancio Prada, whose repertory, full of poetry, spirituality and tradition, reflects the life of country folk? He is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, both in Spain and internationally, who has performed in famous theatres, auditoriums and cathedrals during a career that has produced albums such as Caravel de caraveles, Canciones de amor y celda and Canciones del alma.

The poet and journalist Carlos Aganzo, author of books such as La flauta de los bárbaros and Jardín con biblioteca, will host this conversation.

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Amancio Prada in conversation with Carlos Aganzo

Event 13

Joaquín Araújo and Raúl Tapia in conversation with Carlos Aganzo

Dialogues with the Earth

Venue: Museo Numantino de Soria
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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.

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Event 14

Gonzalo Calcedo and Ángel Marcos in conversation with Angélica Tanarro

Dialogues with the Earth

Venue: Castillo de la Mota (Medina del Campo)
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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.

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Event 15

Cookery workshop for all the family

Venue: Restaurante-bar El Túnel de Goriche. (Calle Santa Columba, 3)
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For all the cooks at home, we invite you to learn how to cook with local ecological ingredients, to create dishes with a British touch at this culinary workshop: Cooking with the Family. The workshop will be given by the expert chef, Felipe García.

For families with children aged 6 to 11
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Event 16

Nativel Preciado in conversation with Javier Ors

Dialogues with the Earth

Venue: Centro de Arqueología Experimental, Carex, Atapuerca
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The latest novel by the journalist and political analyst Nativel Preciado is an ode to nature, to the lessons it teaches us, to the African continent and to the elephants, for which she feels a great love. El silencio de los elefantes rose with the Azorín Novel Prize in its latest edition. ABC, Interviú , Tiempo are some of the printed medi in which she has developed her journalistic career, which also has a long trajectory in radio and television. She is currently a collaborator at Los Desayunos de TVE and El debate de La I, in public television, and in Al rojo vivo or La Sexta Noche at La Sexta. Her first literary publications are part of the memoir genre, but later on she has been more inclined towards the novel. With her first novel, El egoísta, she was shortlisted for the Planeta Prize. She then published Bodas de plata, Llegó el tiempo de las cerezas, Canta solo para mí (Fernando Lara Prize) or El Nobel y la corista.

Nativel Preciado will talk to Javier Ors, head of Culture at La Razón.

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Event 17

Nerea Luis Mingueza and Francesca Bria in conversation with Miquel Molina

Technological humanism against the excesses of artificial intelligence

Venue: Espacio Fundación Telefónica. Madrid
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The dizzying progress of technology has boosted social well-being and favoured economic development, but it is also infringing on rights that, until recently, we viewed as inviolable. A biased use of artificial intelligence, facial recognition and robotics can increase inequalities and invade citizen privacy. This concern has given rise to a critical current that can be defined as “technological humanism”. The question is, is there still time to correct the undesirable effects of technological development?

This panel will consist of Nerea Luis Mingueza, Doctor of Artificial Intelligence and holder of a Medal of the Order of Civil Merit; and Francesca Bria, President of the Fondo Nazionale Innovazione and Member of the Board of the New European Bauhaus. The debate will be moderated by Miquel Molina, Assistant Editor of La Vanguardia and writer.

Presented by María Sheila Cremaschi, MBE, Director of Hay Festival Segovia.

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Event 18

Manuel Bartual, Bely Basarte and Olga Subirós in conversation with Marta Fernández

Creativity in the digital environment

Venue: IE University
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This event is presented as a space for dialogue between creativity and the digital revolution, with the leading role of creators and their relationship with technology. We will attend to the encounter of the transmedia fiction, the music in digital platforms, the Big Data and the urban design and the ability of digital art to excite and to make us think about relevant subjects such as the environment and the sustainability.

Manuel Bartual has written and published stories for over twenty years. He has published comic strips (El Jueves), directed short and full movies (Todos tus secretos, Premio CANAL+ a Mejor Película en el Festival de Cine de Málaga). World trending topic on Twitter for one of his stories and Planeta Prize in 2018 with El otro Manuel, he has created the series in podcast format Biotopía, story of a scientific community where time, matter and space, shaping a transmedia universe which combines science fiction and comedy (Podium Podcast, 2020) and Santuario, together with Carmen Pacheco (Audible, 2021). Bely Basarte is singer-songwriter. She has worked for Disney performing songs from The Beauty and The Beast and has published two albums with Universal Music: Desde mi otro cuarto and El camino que no me llevó a Roma. But these achievements came after her beginnings uploading own works and covers online and posting them on Youtube, where she has reached hundreds of thousands of followers. Olga Subirós, architect, will participate in the digital art and sustainability section. Subirós is the author, along with the studio 300.000 Km/s and the singer María Arnal, from the immersive installation ‘Aire’, which was presented by Instituto Ramón Llul in the Bienal de Arquitectura de Venecia and proposes tools against the climate crisis. Subiros’ intervention will be preceeded by the screening of a video where the French artist Joanie Lemercier explains his work, specialized in exploring and amplying the posibilities of the projected light in the space. He is also a pioneer of videomapping. He is the author of the installation ‘Montagne, cent qutorze mille polygones’ which opening, prior to this debate, open the events of Hay Festival.

Through the testimonies of the creators themselves, chaired by the Journalist Marta Fernández, some of the most breaking subjects of the use of digital technology in the context of the artistic creation and the cultural communication will be discussed.

*Prior opening of the Festival and the artistic installation Montagne, cent quatorze mille polygones [6:55pm – 7:25pm]. The installation can be visited from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 on the following schedule:

16/9: 7:30pm – 9pm

17/09-19/09: 12pm – 2pm y de 6pm – 8pm

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Event 19

Bernardine Evaristo in conversation with Ludovic Assémat

Raising the profile of Afro art and literature

Venue: IE University
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Bernardine Evaristo’s best known book, and the only one translated into Spanish so far, is Girl, Woman, Other, which won the 2019 Booker Prize, shared with Margaret Atwood. This is a novel of many voices, in which twelve black women from different places and generations, all living in the UK, talk about their desires, their struggle for freedom and independence and the search for their own identity. One of Barack Obama’s favourite books of 2019. Evaristo, a Nigerian-British woman, has won many awards for her work as a writer, journalist and publisher, including the Booker, one of the most prestigious awards in the English-speaking world. Her work promoting Afro literature and art has also been recognized. In 2012 Evaristo founded the Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and until recently was the Vice-Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.

Evaristo will talk about her career with Ludovic Assémat, a Politics graduate and Head of the British Council’s Arts Department.

This event will be introduced by María José Ferrari, Academic Director of the IE University’s Arts and Humanities Department.

Bernardine Evaristo will contribute digitally.

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Event 20

Heba Salama in conversation with William Mut

Investing for a positive social and environmental impact

Venue: IE University
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Rethinking the role of investment as one of the main foundations for achieving sustainable development goals, and moving away from a model of industrial location based only on cost reduction, with its resulting damage to equality and the environment, are two of the main goals of impact investment. Heba Salama is an expert on productive investment and brings her knowledge to the management of the Regional Investment Agency of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). She has been working on African projects for 20 years, and in 2017 was selected as one of Egypt’s 50 Most Influential Women for her role in developing the country’s human and economic resources.

Heba Salama will talk to William Mut Tracy, a consultant who specializes in the politics and promotion of productive investment, who has worked with numerous international institutions including the World Bank, the United Nations, COMESA, the EU and others. This event will be introduced by Borja Santos, the Executive Director of the IE School of Global and Public Affairs.

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Event 21

Carme Riera, Nuria Barrios, Javier Sierra and Javier Díaz de Olarte in conversation with Daniel Fernández

Robot writers? Art in times of algorithms

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Technological advances are influencing many areas of our lives, including the way we read and the way writers approach their work. Will the role of the writer change in a world dominated by the algorithm? Will robots replace them? These matters will be debated by the writers Carme Riera and Nuria Barrios, the novelist Javier Sierra and the copyright specialist Javier Díaz de Olarte.

The writer and RAE scholar Carme Riera has a long career as an essayist, novelist and short story writer, in literary, crime and historical fiction. She has received many awards, including the National Literature Prize, which she won in 2015. She writes in both Spanish and Catalan, translating her own works, books that include In the Last Blue, Naturaleza casi muerta, Tiempo de inocencia and Vengaré tu muerte, her latest.

The writer and translator Nuria Barrios (who translates into Spanish the writings of the Irish author John Banville) began her literary career with the novel Amores patológicos. She publishes poetry (El hilo de agua, Ateneo de Sevilla Prize; Nostalgia de Odiseo), short stories (El zoo sentimental) and travel writing (Balearia). With her collection of stories Ocho centímetros she began a trilogy that includes the poetry book La luz de la dinamo and her latest novel, Todo arde.

Javier Sierra is a journalist, novelist and short fiction and essay writer. He has worked for a range of publications and has directed programmes for the media. In 2017 he won the Planeta Prize for his novel El fuego invisible. In 2006 one of his works, The Secret Supper, was included on The New York Times bestseller list. El mensaje de Pandora is his latest novel.

Javier Díaz de Olarte is a lawyer and head of the Legal Department at the Spanish Centre for Reprographic Rights (CEDRO). He regularly lectures on Master’s programmes related to intellectual property and collective management, and has contributed as an author to publications on these and related topics.

They will talk to Daniel Fernández, publisher and President of CEDRO.

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