Hay Festival Segovia 2022

Early birds for the seventeenth edition of the Hay Festival Segovia are already announced, which will be held from September 15 to 18, 2022. 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 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.

Event in Spanish

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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.

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Autobiography workshop with Beltrán Gambier

Event 3

José Antonio Marina with reading clubs

Educating talent

Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia
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The philosopher and educator José Antonio Marina has dedicated his investigations to developing a theory of intelligence that begins with neurology and ends with ethics, based on the premise that intelligence does not seek knowledge but rather happiness and dignity. He has published around four dozen works as the solo author and many more in collaboration with other writers. Some of his books have become bestsellers in a field, essay, where runaway success is a rarity. These include works such as Ética para náufragos and Teoría de la inteligencia creadora, for which he has received important awards, including the Anagrama Prize and the National Essay Prize. He has just published a new edition of one of his key works: La educación del talento (“Educating Talent”), which deals with the question of cultivating talent in children. The question of talent is a central matter in education, and this book helps with the task of discovering each person’s strengths and weaknesses, and the habits necessary to develop skills. He will talk about these matters with the reading clubs of Segovia.

Pedro Blanco, from the reading clubs, will present José Antonio Marina.

Once the event is over, the author will sign books in the venue.

Event in Spanish

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

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

Price: €50.00 (EUR)
 

Event 5

Josef H. Reichholf in conversation with Isabela del Alcázar

Dialogues with the Earth. Butterflies in danger of extinction

Venue: IE University
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Butterflies are disappearing. The deterioration of their habitats due to the use of pesticides, industrial fertilizers and monoculture farming has meant that the numbers of these insects have dropped by 80% in the last fifty years, and the threat of their disappearance is becoming ever more real. The problem goes far beyond the sad loss of some wonderful insects: this is an ecological catastrophe. The renowned evolutionary biologist and ecologist Josef H. Reichholf, winner of the Sigmund Freud Award for Scientific Literature, has been studying lepidopterans for years, and is the author of The Disappearance of Butterflies, a fascinating work of non-fiction about these insects and a cry for help in the face of the disaster of their decline. In the book, Reichholf, who lectures in Ecology and Nature Conservation at the Technical University of Munich, calls for greater responsibility when it comes to preserving biodiversity, something that we owe to the planet and to future generations. As one example projects under her office: The Nurture Hub, a project founded by two students of the School of Architecture and Design and their mentor to create a space for relax for the students, enhance the biodiversity, raise awareness and attract indigenous pollinators, such as butterflies.

He will talk to Isabela del Alcázar, Global Head of Sustainability at the IE University.

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

Simultaneous translation from German to Spanish and vice versa

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 6

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 7

Sir Konstantin Novoselov in conversation with Diego del Alcázar Benjumea

From the discovery of the graphene to science without borders

Venue: Aula Magna de IE University
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The discovery by the Russian-British scientist, Sir Konstantin Novoselov, of graphene, won him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010. His discovery brings us a material that has numerous applications in our daily lives (in thermal and fire-resistant clothing, for example) and it has made him known around the world. He is currently working with the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials at the National University of Singapore, where he carries out research on intelligent materials that are able to mutate to adapt to certain requirements. However, Novoselov is not the kind of scientist who never leaves the laboratory. Quite the opposite, he pays great attention to the geopolitics of technologies and is an advocate against the concentration of all stages of production in a single country, a trend that is growing after the pandemic. He says that all of us become poorer in this way, and his position is that a region is strong not when it leads in a particular technology, but when it is able to educate, attract and retain talents able to design various technologies, since it is not yet clear what will be necessary for our future.

Novoselov will talk to Diego del Alcázar Benjumea, Executive Vice-president of IE University and the man in charge of this university’s technological immersion.

With simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and vice versa

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 8

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 9

Leonor Watling, Víctor Clavijo and Carles Francino in conversation

The power of spoken word

Venue: Teatro Juan Bravo
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Audio content is growing in importance in our digital age. Podcasts and other formats have become new sources of information and entertainment. In this territory, one characterized by the power of the spoken word, audiobooks are becoming a new way for people to get to know literary classics and well-known actors are bringing their talents to narrative. The actor and singer Leonor Watling, who has made films with Pedro Almodóvar and Isabel Coixet and who sings with her band Marlango, has given her voice to the classic Animal Farm by George Orwell. Víctor Clavijo, popular for his appearances in television series such as El Ministerio del Tiempo and Cuéntame cómo pasó, has narrated works by Stefan Zweig. Carles Francino, also a popular figure in series such as Hospital Central and Amar es para siempre, has read The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald’s ironic masterpiece. These three will talk about this new experience.

Evento en español

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 10

Emecé Condado and Alfonso Genique in conversation with Aurelio Martín

Erotic literature as a genre: The return

Venue: La Alhóndiga. Sede de 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, authros will sign books in the booth at calle Real.

Event in Spanish

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 11

Antony Beevor and Antonio Muñoz Molina in conversation

Russia after the Empire of The Tsars

Venue: IE University
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Russia is the latest work by the British historian and novelist, Antony Beevor. This World War II specialist returns to non-fiction, and to an area he knows well: Russia after the tsars. The struggle that took place between 1917 and 1921 between an alliance of moderate socialists and reactionary monarchists, and Trotsky’s Red Army, as well as Lenin’s subsequent dictatorship, are the themes of this work, which draws on the latest scholarship in the field. The book depicts this period and its conflicts as a world war by proxy, through the eyes of different figures, including a worker in the streets of Petrograd, a cavalry officer, and a woman doctor in a makeshift hospital. This multi-award winning author, translated into over thirty languages (published in Spanish by Crítica), will talk to one of our most prestigious writers, the academic Antonio Muñoz Molina, the author of titles such as El jinete polaco and Volver a dónde.

The event will be presented by Carmen Esteban, CEO of Crítica publishing house.

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

With similutaneos translation from English into Spanish and vice versa

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 12

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.

Event in Spanish

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

Event 13

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

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
 

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