Welcome to our Early Bird programme. The full programme will be released at the end of March.
Jenny Valentine has won several major prizes for her children’s literature and was awarded a Hay Festival International Fellowship in 2017. Her books, several of which have been published in Spain, include Finding Violet Park and The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight. Jenny discusses ways to empower adolescents and make themselves better understood. Introduced by Peter Florence.
The Hay Fellowship is supported by Arts Council Wales
This outreach event visits schools in Segovia to celebrate Aarhus39. To showcase 39 of the most interesting children’s and young people’s writers under 40 who will be attending the first Hay Festival for Children in Aarhus as part of the Danish city’s European Cultural Capital events this year, writer Ana Cristina Herreros will discuss her stories and the art of writing with local children.
Co-organised with Literature Across Frontiers and Literary Europe Live with support from Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the collaboration of Segovia City Hall
Too Good to Waste seeks to question the validity of the current relationship between wood consumption and fashion. Contrary to popular perception, not all forests are disappearing. In fact, the vast American hardwood forest is a quickly expanding resource and the volume of its standing timber has more than doubled in the last 50 years.
A guided tour of the American Hardwood Export Council’s Too Good to Waste project, an interactive installation designed by Barcelona-based architect Benedetta Tagliabue, and crafted by furniture makers Benchmark.
Lawyer and collector Juan Cambiaso is the vice president of the Association of Friends of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires and a former international patron of the Prado Museum. He talks with Guillermo de Osma, the curator of many major exhibitions over the last two decades and gallery owner, and Marina Chinchilla, Management Deputy Director of the Prado Museum about the legal aspects of art ownership. Presented by Ana Doldán de Cáceres, Director of Conservation of the Museo Esteban Vicente.
The characteristics and attributes of a great leader in organisations, sports teams, groups of friends or social movements are key to understanding the age we live in. Michael Robinson, former soccer player and sports commentator and author of Es lo que hay: mis treinta años en España. talks with Martin Boehm, Dean of IE Business School, and Andrew Hill, management editor of the Financial Times and author of Leadership in the Headlines.
Literature into television series
How the major television series are already a body of literature that has attracted the narrative talent no longer found in cinema. From G.R.R. Martin to Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective), Aaron Sorkin or David Simon (The WireÇ), the best screenplay writers are literati with global influence. Jesús Calero, Editor in Chief of ABC’s arts pages, talks to a range of writers at this year’s Hay Festival Segovia about the new era of television storytelling.
Digital reading: a key area for books
Writer Ángela Vallvey, Javier Pascual Echalecu, General Deputy Director of the Book, the Reading and the Spanish Letters (MECD), Stephan Fuetterer, chair of the Association of directors of communication, and Pedro de Andrés, publisher and vice president of CEDRO, the Spanish Centre for Reprographic Rights, analyse the measures needed to encourage reading and in particular through digital means.
Winston Churchill is attributed with saying that democracy is the “worst form of government, except for all those other forms.” But recent electoral upsets, notably Theresa May’s 2017 election shambles Brexit and Donald Trump’s election in the United States point to potential problems with the West’s representative system. A.C. Grayling, who has explored the problem in his new book Democracy and its Crisis, discusses how democracy has failed, and how to repair it with Manuel Muñiz, Dean of the School of International Relations at IE University.
The production team from Storytel, the main platform for audiobooks in Europe, explain the making of the audiobook version of Spanish writer Ray Loriga’s Rendición.
Astronomist Maria Teresa Ruiz (Hijos de las estrellas), Pere Estupinya (El ladrón de cerebros, ) and Mariano Sigman (La vida secreta de la mente) have all written successfully about different aspects of science. They discuss what can be done to improve awareness of scientific issues in Spanish, a field that is dominated by English-language writing. Moderated by journalist Patricia Fernández de Lis (esmateria.com).
This documentary tells the story of the last survivor of the Surrealists. Carrington was a woman hungry for freedom, who escaped from a strict London upbringing to Paris the first step in an eventful life that took her from one continent to another, through historic events and artistic movements. All of this is reflected in dream-like fashion through painting, cinema and literature inspired by her stay at a psychiatric hospital in Santander. She eventually found a spiritual and creative kinship in Mexico, where she was interviewed for this documentary.
Length: 80 minutes.
Director: Javier Martín-Domínguez. 2012
A panel of leading lawyers from the UK, Spain and Argentina discuss the challenges and opportunities for work in a constantly changing world. Chaired by Andy MacKay.
Taking part: Isabel Fernandez Manley, Dionisio Uria, Michael Ivers QC, Juan Cambiaso.
Prize-winning documentary filmmaker and novelist Hannah Rothschild, chair of the Board of Trustees of London’s National Gallery, talks to Kofi Appenteng, a Ghanaian-born executive based in the United States, CEO of the Africa Institute and Chair of the Ford Foundation, about the challenges civil society faces in addressing the future challenges of our society. Moderated by Rolf Strom-Olsen, Director of Studies of Art and Humanities of IE University.
Based on an idea by Dave Venables, director of the American Hardwood Export Council, designed by Architect Benedetta Tagliabue, and carried out by Sean Sutcliffe of Benchmark Furniture, one of the best-known furniture makers in Europe, Too Good to Waste, an exhibition in Segovia’s Plaza Mayor is an exciting initiative to promote new approaches to sustainable design. Chaired by Michelangelo Giombini.
Inspired by the Samuel Beckett and Italo Calvino, the sculptor Roberto Barni works on the idea of the human condition and presents mankind anonymously in enigmatic situations. His pieces, featuring figures seemingly lost or captured off-balance, will be displayed in the gardens of the Huerto de Félix Ortiz, where the opening will feature a lyrical concert by the Prosegur Foundation in collaboration with the Albéniz Foundation, played by students of the Reina Sofía Music School.
In the event of rain, the concert will be transferred to Casa de la Moneda at the same time.
Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina and philosopher A.C. Grayling meet again in Segovia after a two-year absence, that has brought with it many changes to the world, to talk to Hay Festival founder and director Peter Florence about ethics in today’s world. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant rebellion, the three explore the huge impact of the Protestant Reformation and the way it has changed society, the arts and politics in many countries in the West.
A group of delinquent youths who prowl Schönhauser Allee, in Communist East Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg. The four, each with his troubled life, are often in trouble with the police.
Length: 81 minutes
Director: Gerhard Klein
Internationally acclaimed architect Richard Rogers, Pritzker Prize winner in 2007 and one of the world’s leading representatives of contemporary urban planning, talks about his vision for the future of the planet’s cities with Martha Thorne, Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize and Dean of IE University’s School of Architecture and Design. Among Rogers’ landmark buildings are the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s building in London and Madrid’s T4 at Barajas Airport. He also designed the headquarters of the Protos winery in Peñafiel, close to Segovia. He and his team are currently working on the Castellana Norte project to develop the northern edge of the Spanish capital.
A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.
Length: 118 minutes
Director: Sebastian Schipper
Workshop for literary organisations
This one-hour networking session brings together local literary organisations, festivals and venues with five members of the European platform, Literature Across Frontiers to discuss programming and audience development ideas for live literary events with international content. This is a closed session chaired by Benjamin Rosado of El Mundo.
Registration required - please email with subject line: Hay Segovia: Ideas Session Registration firstname.lastname@example.org