Hay Festival Segovia 2022

Browse the programme of the seventeenth edition of Hay Festival Segovia. From September 15 to 18, 2022, we will have lots of events, including English-speaking authors. For the second year in a row there will be a series of previous events in various venues in the region, to celebrate the heritage of Castilla y León. All events will be in-person, respecting the security protocols. More information here.

Event 63

Miquel Barceló in conversation with Enrique Juncosa

Venue: IE University
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Miquel Barceló's latest works, a series of large-scale still lifes, will be the main focus of this internationally renowned Spanish artist’s appearance at the Hay Festival. The pieces are to be exhibited at the Thaddeus Ropac gallery in Pantin on the outskirts of Paris in October, and one will be part of an exhibition on the genre of still life at the Louvre in Paris. Associated with neo-expressionism, Barceló's work has evolved to become one of the most original on the European scene.

Barceló will be in conversation with the writer and exhibition curator Enrique Juncosa. He was director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin from 2003 to 2012, for which he received the Order of Civil Merit. Before that, he was deputy director of IVAM and the Reina Sofía Museum. He has curated more than 70 exhibitions in major museums around the world.

The event will be presented by Sofía Barroso.

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Photo credit: Ramón Pérez Niz. CC BY-SA 2.0

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Event 64

Liv Strömquist in conversation with Nuria Labari

The Dictatorship of the Image

Venue: IE University
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Liv Strömquist is one of Sweden's most prestigious comic artists, as well as a committed feminist activist. In her latest comic, The Hall of Mirrors, the author asks to what extent the dictatorship of the image has undermined our relationship with our bodies. Always acidic and irreverent, the author tries to explain, through current personalities, pop references and philosophical theories, how our world has changed in the Instagram era.

She will reflect on this and other highly topical issues together with the writer and journalist Nuria Labari, with the aim of unravelling the canon that enslaves us, and trying to find some reality among so many filters.

Strömquist is one of Europe's most irreverent cartoonists, as well as a popular radio and television broadcaster. Her graphic essays have been published in Spain: El fruto prohibido, Los sentimientos del Príncipe Carlos, No siento nada, and recently La sala de los espejos.

Nuria Labari is a writer and journalist. Her latest novel is The Last White Man (Random House, 2022). Her career and professional life have intertwined with the digital transformation of the media and her work has been translated into English, Romanian and Swedish.

There will be a book-signing at the bookstand in front of IE University

Event in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish

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Event 66

Readings in the garden: our own and others

Venue: Jardín Romeral de San Marcos
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Thirteen editions of this event have combined poetry with the beauty of the Romeral de San Marcos, the splendid garden that the landscape architect Leandro Silva left as a legacy to the city of Segovia and which every year opens for the Hay Festival to take in the best poetry of all time. On this occasion, participants will read their own poems or those of their favourite authors. This time, with a special focus on Portugal, with readings of the Portuguese ambassador Joâo Mira- Gomes, Tourism Director of Portugal María de Lurdes Vale, the cultural advisor of the Portuguese Embassy Ana Patricia Severino, the president of Banco Millennium Foundation Antonio Monteiro, the director of Calouste Gulbekian Museum, the president of Medici Foundation, Prince Lorenzo de´Medici, the journalist Javier Pérez de Albéniz and the poet Enrique Juncosa.

The writer José Félix Valdivieso returns to be the master of ceremonies.

Readings in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian

If it rains, the event will be at the same time at La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales - Llywfan Cymru

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Event 69

Joana Marcús and Iria G. Parente in convesation with Rosa Samper

From web to paper

Venue: IE University
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Joana Marcús, an early reader and writer, discovered Whattpad, a digital platform where users can read online or share their own stories, at the age of eleven. By the age of 15, she had published six stories, including Irresistible Propuesta, which garnered 300,000 views. Now she has made the leap to Crossbooks, which has published her trilogy Fuego. This same platform put Iria G. Parente, writer and publicist, in contact with Selene M. Pascual, with whom she creates her novels for young readers. After several titles, Secretos de luna llena gave rise to one of her most successful sagas, Marabilia, which was published by Nocturna and is currently in production for television.

Joana Marcús and Iria G. Parente will talk with her editor, Rosa Samper.

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Once the event has finished, the authors will sign books in the booth outside IE University.

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Event 68

Nerea Luis Mingueza and Mónica Rikic in conversation with Miquel Molina

On artists and robots

Venue: Torreón de Lozoya
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The rapid development of technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics mean that the debates about their advantages and ethical implications are constantly being updated. Digital culture is another area whether our attitudes need to be continuously revised. Nerea Luis Mingueza is a Doctor of Computing Science and an enthusiastic educator in matters related to artificial intelligence and robotics. Mónica Rikic is an electronic artist and a creative programmer. Her work explores the unknown land that lies at the interface between human and machine.

Nerea Luis Mingueza and Mónica Rikic will talk to the writer and journalist Miquel Molina, Assistant Editor of La Vanguardia.

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Event 70

Espido Freire and Alberto Rey in conversation

Pride and prejudices. Are things the way they tell us?

Venue: Teatro Juan Bravo
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At a time of overexposure, hypercommunication and a continuous exchange of messages, videos, audios, web content… Are we really better informed than ever? Are things really the way they tell us? Are we genuinely the free society, without prejudice, that we think we are? Two outstanding figures from the world of literature and communication will talk about these vital matters. Featuring the writer Espido Freire, who had a spectacular entry onto the Spanish literary scene, becoming the youngest ever winner of the Planeta Prize aged just 25. Since then she has had an impressive literary career with novels, poetry and non-fiction, including books such as Soria Moria and De la Melancolía. Also appearing will be Alberto Rey, who offers astute and acerbic analysis of television series in his Asesino en serie blog for El Mundo. He is the author of the books La rebelión de los bigotes and Ni rubia ni pelirroja.

Once the event finishes, the authors will sign books in the venue.

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Event 71

Antonio Muñoz Molina in conversation with Ana Gavin

The impossible return

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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The pandemic was a time of fear and uncertainty, but also of silence and reading, of reflection on the past. Antonio Muñoz Molina, an RAE member and one of the most distinguished writers on the Spanish literary scene, puts his brilliant analytical prose to the service of memory. The memory of a recent time, one hidden from the history books, and another memory: the world of his childhood in the countryside, which will die when his last protagonists die. Volver a dónde talks about those days of contemplation, of confusing and alarming news, but also of hope for the future. It is a brilliant addition to an impressive oeuvre that includes novels, essays, diaries and stories; a career that has been worthy of major prizes including the Princess of Asturias Literature Award.

Muñoz Molina will talk to Ana Gavin, Publishing Relations Manager for the Planeta Group and a publisher with many years of experience, including working with outstanding figures in Spanish-language literature.

The writer will sign his works after the event at the stand on Calle Real.

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Event 73

Juan Herreros and Martin Braathen

Architecture, sustainability and design

Venue: IE University
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The Munch in Oslo is one of those new pieces of architecture that are establishing Oslo's image as a capital of sustainable, egalitarian and civilised modernity. It is the latest work by Spanish architect Juan Herreros, whose career includes other art-related creations. The verticality of the museum is one of its most outstanding features. "A disruptive idea, like hanging paintings along a spiral ramp," say the studio's directors, referring to Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim in New York. This Hay Festival, Herreros will speak about architecture, design, sustainability and interaction with the environment, as the dynamic nature of this centre allows visitors to discover both Munch's work and Oslo; the scale of the city further revealed the higher you go.

He will talk with Martin Braathen, architect and Senior Curator of Architecture at the National Museum, Oslo, M.Arch in Architecture, PhD in Architecture history (2019), formerly editor of journal Arkitektnytt, and acting director of Oslo Architecture Triennale. Braathen has many years of experience as freelance architecture critic and writer, curator.

The event will be presented by Edgar Gonzalez, Associate Dean at IE School of Architecture and Design.

Picture: Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design

Event in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation into Spanish and English.

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Event 72

Hana Jalloul, Celia Villalobos, Simon Kuper, Adrian Wooldridge and Santiago Iñiguez

Meritocracy and elitism

Venue: IE University
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Santiago Iñiguez, Executive President of IE University and an international expert in education, brings together a group of experts to debate the meaning of meritocracy and its implications in education and other spheres of social life. The researcher into subjects related to international terrorism and member of the Assembly of Madrid, Hana Jalloul; the former politician Celia Villalobos, who was Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs, Mayor of Malaga and Vice President of the Spanish Congress of deputies; the author of The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made it to the Modern World and international journalist, Adrian Wooldridge; and the Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper, author of Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK reflect with Iñiguez on the impact of this phenomenon in history and in the future of our societies.

Once the event has finished, the authors will sign books in the booth outside IE University.

With simultaneous translation from English into Spanish and vice versa

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Event 74

José Luis Pardo and Mercedes Cebrián in conversation

Is fiction tradition?

Venue: Torreón de Lozoya
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This event will deal with two matters: firstly, the defence of tradition without entering into either reactionary postures or attitudes that are contrary to innovation; secondly, the contemporary relevance of non-fiction compared with fiction. José Luis Pardo and Mercedes Cebrián will look at musical and literary works in order to consider some of the reasons for this tendency. José Luis Pardo is a philosopher, essayist and Professor of Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid. He has published numerous works of non-fiction, one of which, La regla del juego, received the National Essay Prize in 2005. Other works of his include La banalidad, Esto no es música and Nunca fue tan hermosa la basura. Mercedes Cebrián is a translator and writer who has published poetry, short stories, novels and essays. Her works include El genuino sabor, Malgastar and Verano azul: unas vacaciones en el corazón de la transición.

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Once the event has finished, authors will sign books in the booth at calle Real.

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Event 78

Reading Javier Marías

Venue: Torreon de Lozoya
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Hay Festival pays homage in the simplest and most participatory way to one who has been one of the fundamental storytellers in recent decades. A joint public reading with journalist Pedro Zuazua as master of ceremonies.

Anyone who wants can come to read a paragraph of his works (articles, novels, essays) along with some of the participants in this edition of the festival.

The most meaningful and authentic tribute that an author can deserve.

The first confirmations to read are: Sofia Barroso, María Fasce, Reyes Monforte, Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, Carlos Aganzo, Beltrán Gambier, Geoffroy Gerard, Laura Garrido, Carlos Hernández-Lahoz, Nuria Ramos, Miguel Aguilar, Aurelio Martin, Alberto Marcos, Angélica Tanarro, Elizabeth Gruninger, Miquel Molina, Jesus Calero, Prince Lorenzo de´Medici and Pablo Moro.

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Reading Javier Marías

Event 75

Kate Daudy and Sir Konstantin Novoselov in conversation with Javier Gila

Imagine... Humanity. Everything is connected

Venue: IE University
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What do a refugee, a high-level politician and a carbon atom on the other side of the world have in common? All of them share the same pattern of existence. The prominent conceptual and multimedia artist Kate Daudy, who has worked on major international projects; and the scientist and artist Sir Konstantin Novoselov, winner of the 2010 Novel Prize for Physics, have been working since 2017 on a humanitarian art and science project whose goal is to explore the ways in which Everything Is Connected and to invite the public to reflect on these connections. Daudy and Novoselov, who will undertake an artistic intervention as part of the Hay Festival, believe that it is worth considering interconnection when assessing our behaviour: our lives are what our thoughts make them. They will talk at this event about their project, which has involved collaboration with different NGOs and institutions linked to humanitarian work in the context of aid and development cooperation.

They will talk to Javier Gila, chair of the Aida: Ayuda, Intercambio y Desarrollo association, who has been working with them on the project.

With simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and vice versa

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Event 77

Lara Moreno and Renato Cisneros in conversation

Hispano-American Dialogues

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Two writers with established careers who write their works on opposite sides of the Atlantic come together to talk about the worlds they reflect in their writings. In 2013, the Andalusian Lara Moreno published her first novel, Por si se va la luz. Critics welcomed it as an example of the neo-ruralist current in 21st-century Spanish literature. Piel de lobo is her second novel. She has also published short stories (Cuatro veces fuego), essay (Deshabitar) and poetry (Tuve una jaula). Renato Cisneros is a writer, journalist and television presenter. He has had a long career in the media in Peru, his native country. In 2010 he published his first novel, Nunca confíes en mí, which was followed by Raro, The Distance Between Us and Dejarás la tierra. He had previously published works of poetry, such as Ritual de los prójimos, and short stories (Cosas que no hay que contar).

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Once the event has finished, authors will sign books in the booth at calle Real.

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Lara Moreno and Renato Cisneros in conversation

Event 79

Marta Williams, Beatriz Celaya and Sara Ayats in conversation with Luis Besa

Leadership, nationality and ethics

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Marta Williams, journalist and expert in leadership and coaching, is considered 'the mother of coaching in Spain'. A much sought-after participant in conferences on the subject, she works as a teacher in advanced training programmes for executives who want to be better leaders. Beatriz Celaya directs the publishing house Alt autores. She became involved in the publishing world on the wave of the digital revolution. In her publishing work, she tries to adapt to all formats and new forms of cultural consumption. She organises the Jornadas del Autor for the Basque Writers' Association, of which she is vice-president. Sara Ayats is Cloud provider manager of VN Ware in Spain and Portugal, and president of Aseabel, the association of Former Students of Belgium Universities and Friends of Belgium.

They will be in conversation with Luis Besa, journalist and philosophy professor.

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Marta Williams, Beatriz Celaya and Sara Ayats in conversation with Luis Besa

Event 80

Tiago Pitta e Cunha and Jesus Calero in conversation with Carlos Aganzo

A look to the ocean

Venue: IE University
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Tiago Pitta e Cunha is one of the most significant international personalities on issues related to the oceans and the changes that need to happen in our attitude towards them. He has worked for over two decades to put maritime issues on political and institutional agendas. He has coordinated the European Union’s Integrated Maritime Policy at the office of the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and has represented Portugal and the EU at the UN in various international bodies dedicated to all matters related to the sea. Also director of the Oceano Azul Foundation, in 2021 he received the Pessoa Prize, awarded annually to Portuguese nationals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding figures in scientific, artistic or literary life. He will talk with Jesus Calero, director of ABC Cultural, who researches oceans and their shipwrecks,

They will discuss the need to care for the oceans with journalist and poet Carlos Aganzo.

With simultaneous translation from Portuguese to Spanish and vice versa.

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Event 83

Reyes Monforte in conversation with Alberto Marcos

A Spanish Woman in the KGB

Venue: Torreón de Lozoya
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Thirty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and in the midst of the war between Russia and Ukraine, concepts such as the Cold War, the spectre of World War III, the threat of nuclear war or the possibility of the birth of a new world order have reappeared in our conversations. In the media, intelligence services and spies have regained prominence. In her latest book, the writer and journalist Reyes Monforte, reveals La violinista roja, (the Red Violinist) the figure of África de la Heras, the Spanish woman who became the most important Soviet spy of the 20th century, one of the first and very few women to reach the rank of KGB Colonel, having created the largest network of Soviet spies that operated worldwide for 20 years.

The writer will talk with Alberto Marcos, editor of Plaza y Jánes, Head of Fiction at Penguin Random House.

At the end of the meeting, five copies of La violinista roja will be raffled among the attendees. And Reyes Monforte will sign copies of her works.

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Event 82

Valerio Rocco and Isabel Fuentes in conversation

Culture, an engine of change

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Culture is undoubtedly one of the main engines of change in a society. The directors of two of the country's most important cultural centres will return to the Festival they both know so well to debate this idea. Valerio Rocco has been director of the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid since 2019 and was previously vice-dean of Research, Knowledge Transfer and the Library at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he teaches History of Modern Philosophy. Isabel Fuentes, PhD Museology of Natural and Human Sciences, has spent twenty years working in scientific communication and cultural management in institutions such as the Residencia de Estudiantes, the National Museum of Natural Sciences and La Caixa Foundation. She is currently the director of CaixaForum.

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Event 84

Santiago Beruete and Alejandro Quecedo del Val in conversation with Beatriz González

Culture will save the planet

Venue: IE University
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Santiago Beruete, writer and philosopher, author of Verdolatria, Aprendivoros and Jardinosofia, and Alejandro Quecedo del Val, young eco-social activist and author of the essay Gritar lo que está callado, will explore ways out of the Ecosocial Crisis produced by the Anthropocene: ecological, social and cultural transitions necessary to put an end to this state of war with the planet.

Moderated by Beatriz González, director of De Conatus publishing house

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Signing at the stand of Calle Real

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Event 86

Depardieu as Commissioner Maigret

Award ceremony and film screening

Venue: Cinemateca La Cárcel
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The awards ceremony for the quiz on Commissaire Maigret, the mythical character from the books penned by Georges Simenon, will take place during an event at which the latest film inspired by the famous investigator will also be screened. Florence Vanholsbeeck, economic and trade counsellor, and representative of Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) will present the prizes. The winner will receive a trip to Liège, the city of Georges Simenon's birth, and a visit to the places where his stories are set. There will be books, comics and gifts for the other participants.

18.45pm

The 'Maigret' film, directed by Patrice Leconte and starring Gerard Depardieu as the legendary commissioner, will be screened. The recently released film is based on the novel 'Maigret and the Dead Girl’, which Simenon published in 1954.

The film will be screened in original version with Spanish subtitles.

Maigret et la jeune morte. Running time 89 minutes, 2022, France.

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Depardieu as Commissioner Maigret

Event 85

Journey of the senses to Portugal

Cups of poetry and printmaking

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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Seven wines, seven poets and seven engravings will be the focus of a literary and artistic journey of the senses to Portugal. The expert hand of Maria de Lurdes Vale, Director of Tourism in Portugal, will use Portuguese wines, the words of Portugal's renowned poets, and the engravings and illustrations of Lisbon artist Manuela Crespo. She will guide us on a journey through the landscapes, villages, people and cities of each of the seven regions of the country with which Spaniards share so much. The regions represented by the wines and poets will be: Porto e Norte, José Régio; Lisbon, Fernando Pessoa; Alentejo, Florbela Espanca; Algarve, Antonio Aleixo; Açores, Natália Correia; Madeira, José Tolentino Mendonça.

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