Adriana Grimaldo - Casas Hogar

This is Wales

Thanks to the international agreement between the Welsh Government and the Hay Festival, we are pleased to present the Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage, with guests as Ted Gioia, David Grossman, Ken Loach, Isabella Lorusso, Fernanda Melchor, Paco Roca, Iliga Trojanow and Carissa Véliz.

Discover Wale’s rich culture and history. From world-famous arts to jaw-dropping scenery. It all comes with a legendary warm welcome. A country shaped by its people, inspired by its places, alive with adventure and opportunity.



SURA, Hay Festival Ally for Latin America continues to support the Festival. On this occasion, they co-organize conversations with the Nobel Prize winner in Economics Esther Duflo, the American writer and historian Anne Applebaum and with the Mexican novelist Juan Villoro with Nelson Vallejo-Gómez, in homage to The Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future of the French thinker Edgar Morin. In addition, SURA supports the Imagina el Mundo and Libro del Mes projects, which will feature two events in Querétaro: AC Grayling in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa and Javier Cercas, about Independencia, with Emiliano Monge.


In partnership with Dow, the Hay Festival Querétaro 2021, in its digital and in-person formats, commits to the importance of taking care of our environment and the people who surround us. In a year in which health and caring for the environment are more relevant than ever, we have created a programme of events that: 

  • Themewise, analyses issues such as the climate crisis and the covid pandemic, generating a constructive dialogue about these urgent topics.
  • Making sure that biosanitary requirements that guarantee the safety of the event are enforced, by installing points for hydration, sanitization and recycling in four main venues: Teatro de la Ciudad, Teatro de la República, Jardín Guerrero and the festival’s press room. These points will allow participants, public, press and management teams to follow the sanitary recommendations, allowing the event to take place safely without any setbacks. More detailed information about biosanitary measures here.
  • Measuring the impact of the carbon footprint of the festival’s activities, a fundamental topic to increase the sustainability and viability of the project. The Sierra Gorda Alliance will be in charge of this important task.

3M, ciencia aplicada a la vida

3M arrives this year as an ally of the Hay Festival Querétaro, adding its support to reinforce and highlight the importance of science applied to life, development and research. As part of its link with scientific development, 3M supports the talks with the neurologist Facundo Manes and an activity for the university public in which Carla Santana Torres and other scientists will talk about the future of science, based on the viewing of the shorts " Not the science type ".

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is a Spanish public body dedicated to promoting Spain’s culture and heritage, inside and outside the country, through an extensive programme of activities. This includes exhibitions, meetings, conferences, film, theatre, music, audio-visual productions and initiatives that boost the mobility of professionals and artists. As part of the promotion of the internationalization and mobility of Spanish literary professionals, AC/E collaborates with the Hay Festivals held around the world, co-organizing activities for the promotion and dissemination abroad of the work of Spanish writers. Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 will gather a number of talented Spanish artists: Pablo d'Ors, Alejandro Morellón, Paco Roca, Elvira Valgañón y Remedios Zafra.

British Council

Hay Festival and British Council launched a global partnership at the 2010 Hay-on-Wye Festival - deepening their joint work since the birth of Hay Festival Cartagena - and have since worked together to bring UK writers and thinkers to global audiences. The British Council's literature team promotes British publishers, poets and writers in different communities and audiences around the world, developing innovative and high-quality events that weave connections between writers, publishers and cultural institutions. British authors of Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 will have the support of the British Council, in order to ensure that the knowledge and experience of the United Kingdom in the field of literature is recognized and appreciated by different Mexican audiences. These are the British authors who will be at the festival: Ken Loach, James Rhodes and Carissa Véliz. In addition, we will celebrate the two generations of Elipsis, the Hay Festival and British Council project that brings together young editors and publishers, writers and writers from around the Mexican Republic to participate in a series of writing and editing courses and, at the end year, publish an anthology of stories.

BBC Mundo

To accompany the programmes of the Hispanic festivals, expanding their scope through the use of digital tools, Hay Festival has teamed up with BBC Mundo for the preparation of a supplementary online programme in which Hay Festival Querétaro guests and other major figures in the world of European and American culture talk about current affairs, offer suggestions for books to read and authors they admire, and share their views on specific subjects. Readers can also find notes of interest and test their knowledge of literature and the Spanish language.

This digital programme, with exclusive online videos, texts, images and conversations, was broadcasted on the website and social media of BBC Mundo and Hay Festival.

El País América

Hay Festival and El País have established a media alliance for all the festivals in Latin America, bringing the festival to the readers of the newspaper, and the interviews and investigations of the newspaper to the spectators of the festival. The newspaper will feature a talk at each festival with a great international personality, and both organizations will share content to bring the Hay Festival closer to the readers of El País. This time the president of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth , Francisco de Roux will talk to Jan Martínez Ahrens, director of El País México.

Cultura UANL

The Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, through Cultura UANL, the “brand” of its Extension and Culture Department, bases its vision and mission on the notion of Culture as a set of knowledge, together with spiritual and material elements, which are transmitted from generation to generation and make up the identity of individuals and societies, an essential component for the integrated and sustainable development of individuals and peoples.

Considering declarations and agreements by national and international organisations, Cultura UANL assumes that Culture also acquires different forms over time and throughout space, a variety of expressions that can be found in know-how, art, traditions and languages. This diversity is manifested in the originality and plurality of the identities that characterize the groups and societies that make up humanity, a source of exchange, innovation, creativity and everything that constitutes a communal heritage.

The UANL – Hay Festival Alliance gives the UANL the opportunity to join and contribute to the dissemination of reading and literatute. Besides their support to the whole programme, UANL will coorganise a talk between JMG Le Clézio and Julián Herbert, the conversation between Tamara Tenenmbaum and Gina Jaramillo, and will have Pablo d'Ors for an activity at Monterrey.

The Eccles Centre for American Studies

The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award is an annual award of £20,000 for a current writing project exploring the Americas. Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, the Writer’s Award is run in partnership with Hay Festival. The award is open to writers working on full-length non-fiction or fiction books, in English or Spanish that require research use of the British Library’s Americas collections. Hay Festival, the not-for-profit event series with editions across the Americas, is pleased to support the award in reaching the widest possible audiences, profiling winners at its festivals around the world. Pola Oloixarac, who won the award in 2020, will participate in an event with Patrick Deville and Santiago Gamboa.


Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to favor the knowledge and exchange between authors of different generations and nationalities who are united by the same language and a shared literary tradition which is enriched by authors of different origins. This proposal which will be developed in each and every one of the existing Hay Festivals, consists in the participation of an acclaimed author, who will nominate a younger author from Latin America or Spain (the Spanish authors must pick a Latin American author and vice versa). This is, thus, a dialogue that builds bridges between different generations and countries, with one branch of literature, that is, Spanish literature, acting as a link. In this edition the Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor, author of books as Hurricane Season and Paradise, will talk to the Spanish writer and filmmaker David Trueba. 

Hay Festival Forum Dallas @ The Wild Detectives

The Wild Detectives and Hay Festival will join forces again to create one of the most interesting literary and cultural events in the city of Dallas.

This year we will include in-person events on September 5 and 6 (details below) and a digital activity with the poet, essayist and professor Anne Boyer, in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa. 

DAY 1 - Sept 5th

Visit the Wild Detectives - Hay Forum Dallas Day 1 program here

Cumbia sound system 12:00 to 6:00 pm

6:30pm New Spanish narratives in the US – Valerie Miles & Will Evans

In recent decades, one of the world’s literary events has been publication by Granta magazine of its lists of the best fiction writers in a certain territory aged under 35. In 2021, the second list, edited by Valerie Miles appeared showcasing the work of twenty-five of the most exciting writers under thirty-five in the Spanish-speaking world, chosen by judges Chloe Aridjis, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Rodrigo Fresán, Aurelio Major and Gaby Wood. Valerie will be in conversation with Will Evans discussing how the new Spanish narrative is influencing what we read and write in the US nowadays.

8:00 pm Rock & Literature – Joselo Rangel & Carlos Velazquez

Joselo Rangel is a founder member, guitarist and song-writer with one of the great bands of Mexican rock, Café Tacvba. He has also had a respected literary career, with the publication of the book of essays Crócknicas marcianas, followed by the book of short stories One hit wonder (2015), the novel Los desesperados (2018) and his most recent book, La niña aburrida (2021). Joselo will be in conversation with Carlos Velazquez to discuss his new book and the links between rock music and literature.
-This event will be bilingual

9:15pm Live Music: Kiko Villamizar

Kiko Villamizar and his 8 piece band will transport you to the Colombian Andes and Caribbean with traditional Afro-Colombian drums and the Indigenous Colombian “gaita” flutes meshed with a full psychedelically electric ensemble. Kiko carries the traditions of their ancestors while staying relevant in any modern setting. 20 years of trajectory, two world tours later, and a third on the way, from Viena or Bogotá, to Berkeley or New York , Kiko’s stories are always received with standing ovations and hip shaking workouts..

10:30 DJ Set: Elkin

DAY 2 - Sept 6th

Visit the Wild Detectives - Hay Forum Dallas Day 1 program here

7:00 pm The Language Effect: Shaping our Narratives through Voice - Latoya Watkins & Tarfia Faizullah 

How do narrative techniques influence the way we engage with books and community? Join Texas writers LaToya Watkins and Tarfia Faizullah for a panel discussion designed to explore different lessons on craft and voice.

LaToya Watkins is a fiction writer from Texas. Her stories have appeared in A Public Space, The Sun, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Ruminate Magazine. LaToya's work has been supported by Kimbilio Fiction Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Camargo Foundation, and Yaddo. Her novel, Perish, will be published by Tiny Reparations Books, an imprint of Dutton/Plume, in August 2022.

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of two poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf, 2018) and Seam (SIU, 2014). Tarfia’s writing appears widely in the U.S. and abroad in the Daily Star, Hindu Business Line, BuzzFeed, PBS News Hour, Huffington Post, Poetry Magazine, Ms. Magazine, the Academy of American Poets, Oxford American, the New Republic, the Nation, Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket, 2019), and has been displayed at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. Tarfia’s writing is translated into Bengali, Persian, Chinese, and Tamil, and is part of the theater production Birangona: Women of War

8:00 pm Personal geographies – Michelle Tea & Pilar Quintana, moderated by Cristina Rodriguez

Join Colombian writer and publicist, Pilar Quintana in conversation with prolific literary organizer, editor, and author Michelle Tea for discussion on motherhood, auto theory, feminism, and identity. This panel will be moderated by A Public Space’s Marketing Director Cristina Rodriguez

Postpunk performance poet and writer Michelle Tea  writes narrative poetry and prose that explore issues of class, queer identity, feminism, and autobiography. She is the author of 4 1/2 memoirs, 1 1/2 novels, 2 Young Adult novels, and a collection of poetry. Her memoir Valencia is an underground classic and is currently being made into a feature film by 21 different filmmakers. 

Pilar has published novels and short stories, and has won awards including the La Mar Literature Award. Her work has been included in international anthologies and she was named as one of the 39 most interesting Latin American writers aged under 40 by the Hay Festival. Her book La perra won the 4th Biblioteca Award for Colombian Fiction and a PEN Translates Award and was shortlisted for the National Novel Prize of Colombia and the National Book Award in the United States in the translated literature category, it was translated into English in 2020. Her latest novel, Los Abismos, has been awarded the 2021 Alfaguara Novel Prize.

Talento Editorial

Talento Editorial meetings are professional and international events open to the public, with the aim to known new and successful experiences in the publishing industry. Spaces in which booksellers, publishers and people from the sector exchange ideas and reflect together. Las year tis sector has suffered -or enjoyed- an extraordinary revolution, which has affected their economic and creative foundations. The thirteenth edition of Talento Editorial will be part of Hay Festival Querétaro 2021 programme.

Learn more about Talento Editorial here.

International Wales Arts Council Fellowship

Mererid Hopwood is the current recipient of the scholarship Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival/Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellow for 2020–2021, a program co-organized with the Arts Council of Wales, which gives a Welsh writer the opportunity to participate in the international Hay Festival. She is one of the most prominent Welsh authors, working to promote the Welsh language and traditional Welsh poetry. The Hay Festival's roots lie in Wales, a country less known than its neighbor, England, and a country that has an ancient and rich language and culture.

Universidad Autónoma de México

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), through the Coordination of Cultural Diffusion, Directorate of Literature and Promotion of Reading, University System of Reading "Universe of Letters", General Directorate of Cinematographic Activities and the Coordination of Humanities, are fundamental to bring the impact of the festival to the entire republic, and especially to students. The university will specifically support the talks with Remedios Zafra, María Dueñas and Philipe Claudel, organizing reading clubs and film screenings in preparation for the event.

Zorro Rojo and LEO

Hay Festivalito's programme, aimed for children and young adults will be part of Querétaros's 'casas hogar' thanks to the colaboration with LEO AC and Zorro Rojo civil associations. With these organized activities, the students of these centers, coming from vulnerable environments, will benefit from activities designed for their age groups with participants of the Hay Festival program, such as Juan Gedovius or Laura Castellanos. 

Principal Sponsor

Querétaro Municipio

Partner for Latin America