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.

Literature

Event 1

Nuria Barrios with the reading clubs

That intense path of life: Translation

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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“Translation is the only way it is humanly possible to read and write at the same time. It is an original text that is inspired by another” writes Nuria Barrios about the world and profession of translating in her work La impostora (Páginas de Espuma), which won the 13th Málaga Prize for non-fiction. She would know, having translated into Spanish landmark texts including James Joyce’s “The Dead” and the novels of John Banville and his alter ego Benjamin Black. What is more, Barrios does not only translate. Since her first novel, Amores patológicos, appeared in 1998 she has continued to enchant us both in this form (El alfabeto de los pájaros, Todo arde) and in outstanding short story collections such as Ocho centímetros, El zoo sentimentaland Balearia. She is also a poet, having published La luz de la dinamo>, Nostalgia de Odiseo and El hilo del agua. She will talk about the whole of her career with the Segovia reading clubs, but particularly about the intensity of the path of translation.

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Event 2

Autobiography workshop with Beltrán Gambier

Little brushtrokes of life

Venue: Librería Diagonal
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Once again this year, Beltrán Gambier brings to the Hay Festival his Short Autobiographies Workshop, open to anyone considering using their own life as material for writing. As was the case with the first workshop, which was full to capacity, participants will write an autobiographical fragment. Gambier is the founder and editor of Intramuros magazine, a Spanish-language publication that is pioneering in its dedication to biography and memoir. In its 26-year run, it has published work by many major writers, including three Nobel Literature laureates: the Germans Herta Müller and Günter Grass and the Chinese writer Mo Yan. The workshop will be co-hosted by the journalist Laura Garrido.

Event in Spanish

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Autobiography workshop with Beltrán Gambier

Event 4

A poetic journey between Portugal and Spain with Agustín Remesal

Dialogues with the Earth. Traditions on both sides of 'The Line'

Venue: Río de Onor
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The splendid nature, landscape and history of the Rio de Onor area has inspired writer such as Miguel de Unamuno, Miguel Torga and José Saramago, who began his Viagem a Portugal in this Portuguese district, located on the border with Spain and twin to the Zamoran district of Rihonor de Castilla on the other side. Hay Festival Segovia takes one of its Dialogues with the Earth to this unique corner of the peninsula, one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders, in the category of Protected Towns and Areas. The event is organized within the framework of Focus on Portugal, and in partnership with the Portuguese Embassy in Spain and Turismo de Portugal. Those attending this intensive event will experience some of the attractions of this place, which has just fifty inhabitants. They will meet some of those who live here, try some traditional dishes at an open-air lunch, and find out about its traditions. The master of ceremonies will be the journalist and writer Agustín Remesal, former TVE correspondent in Portugal and author of a dozen books of history and journalism including Por tierras de Portugal. Un viaje con Unamuno, published in 2014, in which he offers an in-depth look at the great writer’s travels in our neighbouring country.

Event in Spanish and Portuguese

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Event 25

Mónica Rouanet and Ana Requena in conversation with Blanca Rosa Roca

A new perspective for the detective novel

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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Feminism has come to change the way we look at the world. How is this perspective influencing the detective novel? Can we talk about a change of paradigm, with feminism altering the way violence and pleasure are narrated? These matters are put on the table at an event featuring the writers Mónica Rouanet and Ana Requena. Rouanet is a psychologist, educator and author of publishing successes such as Despiértame cuando llegue septiembre and No oigo a los niños jugar. Her latest novel, the thriller Nada importante, deals with sexist violence and femicide. Requena specializes in gender matters, and is chief writer on the subject with eldiario.es, a news outlet that she co-founded. Her blog Micromachismos has obtained several awards. She is the author of the books of essay Cómo identificar los micromachismos and Feminismo vibrante. Si no hay placer no es nuestra revolución.

They will talk to Blanca Rosa Roca, CEO of Roca publishers.

Once the event is over, both authors will sign books at the Library.

Event in Spanish

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 30

John Simenon in conversation with Jesús García Calero

The Return of Maigret

Venue: IE University
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The name of George Simenon is linked to the astronomical figures racked up by the sales of almost two hundred titles (191 to be exact): 550 million copies sold to many millions of readers around the world. A big part of this stellar success is Inspector Maigret, who features in almost a hundred of his novels. Now the name of this prolific and bestselling writer, born in Belgium and who lived in Paris for much of his life, is becoming literary news again thanks to new editions of some of his novels, published together by Anagrama and Acantilado, as well as with to recent release of the film Maigret by Patrice Leconte, starring Gerard Depardieu. Talking about Simenon and the revived interest in his life and work will be his son John Simenon, who manages his father’s bequest and has been involved in the production of some of the films based on his work.

He will talk to Jesús García Calero, Editor of ABC cultural.

With simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and vice versa

John Simenon will visit the stand on Calle Real organized up by Wallonia Region, which will prepare a quiz based on the work of his father.

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 32

Jorge Díaz, Agustín Martínez and Antonio Mercero in conversation with Jesús Vigorra

The adventures of being Carmen Mola

Venue: Teatro Juan Bravo
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The writer Carmen Mola was born in spring 2017 in Madrid, to three novelist and screenwriter fathers: Jorge Díaz (Cartas a Palacio>, Hospital Central), Agustín Martínez (Monteperdido, La mala hierba) and Antonio Mercero (Hospital Central>, Hache, El final del hombre). This child was born to write, and in just a short time had released her first novel, La novia gitana, followed by La red púrpura and La nena. However, her greatest success so far, and the one that has been responsible for making her creators known to a wider public, is the novel La bestia, which won the 2021 Planeta Prize. This time the story is set in 1834 in Madrid, a city suffering from a cholera epidemic, where a terrible brute (the bestia of the title) is murdering girls who live in poverty. This is a book in which evil and violence play their parts against the backdrop of a country going through a period of political instability. This Hay Festival Segovia event will be a discussion of such gruesome fiction, as well as the adventure of collaborative writing.

Carmen Mola will talk to the journalist Jesús Vigorra, the director and presenter of Canal Sur Radio’s >La mañana de Andalucía.

Once the event has finished, the authors will sign books in the venue.

Event in Spanish.

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 
Jorge Díaz, Agustín Martínez and Antonio Mercero in conversation with Jesús Vigorra

Event 39

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr in conversation with Jacinta Cremades

Goncourt Prize France

Venue: IE University
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He said in an interview that Roberto Bolaño changed his life as a reader and as a writer. Senegalese author Mohamed Mbougar Sarr won the prestigious Goncourt Prize in 2021 with his novel La plus secrète mémoire des hommes (The Most Secret Memory of Men), the title referencing Bolaño's famous book Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives). The work is inspired by the life of the Malian writer Yambo Ouologuem, critic of colonialism, and the great tragedies of the 20th century, and is based on the relationship between the West and the African continent. He received prizes for titles such as La Cale, Terre ceinte and Silence du choeur before winning the most prestigious prize in French literature.

He will talk with Jacinta Cremades, literary critic and author of the novel Regreso a París.

The event will be presented by Isabelle Berneron, attachée for books, ideas and media networks at the Institut Français D'Espagne.

Event in French, with simultaneous translation into Spanish

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

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 49

Manon Uphoff in conversation with Irene Hernández Velasco

A childhood of suffering

Venue: IE University
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In Falling Is Like Flying the Dutch writer Manon Uphoff recreates a childhood of terror, marked by a tyrannical and abusive father one who, at the same time, had a perverse charm. The death of her older sister was the trigger for Uphoff to begin writing, not a typical autobiographical chronicle, but creating a symbolic and poetic universe that connects the traumas of her past with Greek mythology, fairy tales and science. The work was shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize and also won the Charlotte Köhler Award. Previously, Uphoff has published Begeerte, a collection of short stories, and the novel Gemis, also shortlisted for the Libris Prize.

She will talk to the journalist Irene Hernández Velasco, who has been a correspondent in various countries and currently works for El Mundo newspaper.

With simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 51

Emecé Condado and Alfonso Genique in conversation with Aurelio Martín

Erotic literature as a genre: The return

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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The rights of women can also be defended in the realm of eroticism. This is a central premise for the writing of Emecé Condado, who aims to demystify sex and break down stereotypes through literature. After working on blogs and digital magazines, and on the collective work Segovia erótica (Ediciones Derviche), she has published her first book of short stories, Nunca más (libros.com). Alfonso Genique often says that he was born in 1975, the year when Spaniards crossed the French border to watch Last Tango in Paris. Regardless of the importance of this fact in his development, Genique has been consistent in proposing, in his works, eroticism and passion as unnegotiable principles of life. He is the author of the novel El coleccionista de flores (Letrame) and the book of poetic prose Desnudos bajo la piel. He also contributed to the book, Segovia erótica, of short stories set in the city, in which he shows his most intimate side. They will talk to the journalist Aurelio Martín.

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

Event in Spanish

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 53

Eva Meijer in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Animal language and depression

Venue: IE University
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"Humans have spent decades trying to teach other animals our language... but have made little effort to learn theirs.” So says Eva Meijer, writer, philosopher and singer-songwriter, who bases much of her work on questions of language, both political and animal, since writing her award-winning doctoral thesis: Cuando los animales hablan (When Animals Speak). Her sixth novel, Sea: now, has been translated into eighteen languages. Her biography includes a long history of struggling and living with depression. This is the subject of one of her latest works translated in Spain: The limits of my language. Meditations on depression. She publishes essays and columns in the media in her native Netherlands.

Eva Meijer will talk to Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, journalist and writer, author, among other works, of Papel

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

Event in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 56

Nicola Laiogia in conversation with Manuel Jabois

Reality and fiction

Venue: IE University
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In 2010, Nicola Laiogia was named one of the best Italian writers under the age of forty. Twelve years later, five novels translated into fifteen languages confirm the early acclaim. The City of the Living, based on a real crime that shocked Italy, has just been published in Spain. Laiogia is also a member of the jury of the Venice Film Festival, director of the Turin International Book Fair and a contributor to Radio 3. His novels also include Ferocity.

The Italian writer will talk with another prominent, Spanish author, Manuel Jabois, journalist and storyteller, author of novels such as Malaherba and Miss Marte and non-fiction books such as Nos vemos en esta vida o en la otra and Irse a Madrid.

The authors will sign copies of their works at the bookstand in front of IE University

With simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish and from Spanish to Italian and vice versa

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

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.

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 71

Inés Martín Rodrigo in conversation with Jesús Vigorra

Therapeutic literature

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Escenario Gales / Llwyfan Cymru
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The journalist Inés Martín Rodrigo made her name with her second novel, >Las formas del querer, winning the prestigious Nadal Prize. Since then, she been talking about dancing a great deal. She says that writing the book was therapeutic, and let her understand herself better. Her first work of fiction was Azules son las horas, about Sofía Casanova, the first Spanish war correspondent; she has also published a compilation of interviews called Una habitación compartida.

Martín Rodrigo will talk to Jesús Vigorra, director and presenter of Canal Sur Radio’s La mañana de Andalucía.

Book signing at the stand on Calle Real

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

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.

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

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).

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 
Lara Moreno and Renato Cisneros in conversation

Event 87

Leonardo Padura in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

On detectives and comets

Venue: IE University
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Novels like The Man Who Loved Dogs and Como el polvo en el viento have made Leonardo Padura one of the major voices in Spanish-language fiction. The creator of the detective Mario Conde has set the latest title in this series, Personas decentes, in his native city, Havana; the action takes place in 2016 while the city is preparing to receive the president of the United States, Barack Obama, as part of what was to become known as the Cuban Thaw. The book deals with the events surrounding the appearance of a murdered former member of the Cuban government, found dead in his apartment. The story also takes us back to the city a century previously, at a time when the arrival of Halley’s comet was expected. Padura, who is a fiction writer, journalist and screenwriter, is a Princess of Asturias Literature prize-winner.

The Cuban writer will talk to the novelist and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, the author of Papel and other works.

The writers will sign copies of their works at the stand located opposite the IE University

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

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