Joaquín Almunia, one of Spain’s foremost politicians on the international stage and a former vice president of the European Commission, talks to Guillermo de la Dehesa, economist, entrepreneur and president of the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research.
In this new edition of the Garden Readings cycle, an event that reaches its eighth year, Jenny Valentine, Carlos Aganzo, José Félix Valdivieso, Dionisio Uría, Ben Okri and Christina Ward, will read their own work or that of a favourite author during a stroll through the Jardín del Romeral de San Marcos. In case of rain, the event will be transferred to the Museo Esteban Vicente at the same time.
Co-organised with the British Council and the Jardín Romeral de San Marcos, el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de la Secretaría de Cultura del Plan Fomento de la Lectura, Leer te da Vidas Extras and El Norte de Castilla.
Three Spanish writers who have written about the dark arts: Enrique Bocanegra is the author of prize-winning book Un espía en la trinchera. Kim Philby en la guerra civil española. Álvaro Colomer’s Aunque caminen por el valle de la muerte, is about the battle for Najaf, while José María Beneyto has written a second novel, El espía que engaño a Hitler, set in Nazi Germany. Moderated by Marta del Riego.
Paul Preston (The Spanish Holocaust, The Spanish Civil War, Franco, Juan Carlos) is one of the world’s leading experts on modern Spanish history. In this conversation with Spanish journalist and publisher Miguel Aguilar, he discusses the future of Hispanic studies, the pending topics in Spanish historiography, and the use of new medium such as the graphic novel to reach a wider public.
Following the sudden death of his mother, nine-year-old Zucchini befriends a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home. Initially, Zucchini struggles to adapt to the strange and hostile environment, but with the help of Raymond and his new friends, Zucchini will learn to love and trust others.
The adaptation of the novel by Gilles Paris has been a hit with the critics and a box office success, as well as winning prizes at several film festivals. Oscar nominated for Best Animated Film, the story, animated in stop-motion, takes a bold approach to children’s cinema and pulls no punches.
Length: 72 minutes
Directed by Claude Barras
Once again, the poetry whisperers will be out and about in Segovia, this time in three central locations: the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza San Martín and the Quintanar Palace. Between 12 pm and 2 pm and then from 5 pm to 8.30 pm, some thirty actors will invite a passerby to a poem, whispering it in their ear. Some poems will be by writers that have taken part in Hay Festival Segovia before, like Antonio Lucas, Antonio Colinas, Javier Rodríguez Marcos, Clara Janés, José María Muñoz Quirós, Carlos Aganzo, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Pablo Jiménez Burillo. Among the classics will be work from Santa Teresa de Jesús, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, María Zambrano, Dante, Federico García Lorca or Juan Ramón Jiménez. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Quintanar Palace at the same time.
People have been writing down recipes since writing was invented. Spanish journalist Pau Arenós (!Plato¡) and chef and writer David de Jorge (La tortilla de patata, Con la cocina de se juega), along with chef Sacha Hormaechea, discuss one of the most popular genres today. Moderated by Carlos G. Cano, food specialist with radio network Cadena SER.
One of Spain’s most popular novelists and a member of the Royal Spanish Academy talks to Ana Gavín, head of editorial relations at Planeta, one of Spain’s biggest publishers about his four decades of writing, which has produced international best-sellers such as Winter in Lisbon, Prince of Shadows, Sepharad, and In the Night of Time.
Ruth Rogers is a US-born British chef and the owner of the River Cafe restaurant, which has boasted a Michelin star since 1998 and is a favourite of fans of Italian cuisine in London. She is also the author of several cookery books, has presented food programs on the BBC and has taught some of the world’s leading chefs. Ruth Rogers talks to Giuseppe Tringali, an Italian resident in Spain, who has a passion for art and the media and is vice president of the Mediaset Group. The meeting will be moderated by journalist, presenter, humourist and contributor to Elle magazine Ramón Arangüena.
Juan María Nin, a former Vice President and CEO of Caixa Bank and currently an independent advisor to multinational Día and Société Générale, talks to Giles Tremlett about his latest book, Por un crecimiento racional (For Rational Growth). Interpreted from a Spanish perspective, and questioning many traditional precepts, the book deals with the financial crisis, encompassing the past, present and future of the global economic system. The author's vision is illustrated with real examples from his own experience, highlighting events and meetings with key players.
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.
The production team from Storytel, the main platform for audiobooks in Europe, explain the making of the audiobook version of Todo Esto te dare (All this I will give you) by Dolores Redondo, one of Spain’s leading crime writers.
Join Mark Muller Stuart QC, founder of Beyond Borders and Senior Mediation Advisor to the UN Department of Political Affairs and the Special Envoy to Syria, as he talks to Timothy Phillips about peacemaking and conflict transformation in the 21st Century and his new book Storm in the Desert: Britain’s Intervention in Libya and the Arab Spring. While Tim talks about his work with Beyond Conflict, the Club of Madrid and the role that both neuroscience and former political leaders can play in dealing with political transition and conflict.
The charismatic author of Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? The Passion, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and, most recently, The Gap of Time talks about her work and the influences that have shaped her writing over the last three decades. She will also present her ambitious retelling of one of Shakespeare’s late plays, and her retelling moves from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crash, to a storm-ravaged city in the US called New Bohemia.
A direct descendent of the Medici family, Lorenzo de’ Medici is a latter-day Renaissance man: the author of several books covering a range of topics, from the history of his descendants to novels, as well as a print and radio journalist. He is a regular contributor to European television and hosts a series of television documentaries about leading figures from history on German television. He talks to Guillermo Solana, art expert and Artistic Director of Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Since 1990, Marta Williams has been working with hundreds of leaders in Spain and Europe. She talks about her experiences with Juan Cambiaso, a lawyer and art collector, who has being occupying leading posts in the corporate, educational and art world in Argentina. The conversation is moderated by Teresa Lizaranzu, Spain’s permanent ambassador to UNESCO.
This documentary is about the goddess Aphrodite, the great Goddess of Cyprus, is a breathtaking journey through time from the Chalcolithic period to the Roman era. Guided by Dr. Jacqueline Karageorghis, an internationally renowned French Archaeologist, it explains many unknown aspects of the worship of Aphrodite on her island.
Director: Stavros Papageorghiou.
The Good Immigrant is “a document of what it means to be a person of colour” in Britain today. Shukla, who edited 21 essays by black, Asian and minority ethnic writers working across literature and the media, discusses with Ludovic Assémat the standards by which immigrants – first or second generation, refugees and asylum seekers – are either accepted into, or judged to be apart from, a dominant culture determined by whiteness.
Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the 21st Lady of Traquair, talks to Spanish journalist Natalia Escalada about her book, A Family Life Revealed, a fascinating journey through the history of Scotland and the Jacobite rebellions through letters and documents exchanged with the Spanish Monarchy over the centuries kept by the Traquair household. Both will read fragments from these documents in English and Spanish.
Journalist, novelist and poet Renato Cisneros talks to the Peruvian ambassador in Spain about his latest book, La distancia que nos separa, and the changes that their country has undergone over the last decade, both in cultural terms, as well as its political evolution. Presented by Gonzalo Garland.