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Translated into more than a dozen languages and considered one of the 20 best young writers of 2013 by Granta, Sarah Hall (The Wolf Border, Madame Zero, The Beautiful indifference, The Electric Michelangelo) is a multi-award-winning novelist. Julianne Pachico (The Lucky Ones, The Tourists) is one of the great promises of British literature. Her first novel was finalist for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. Both share love and talent for short novels.
In case of rain, the event is moved to the Alhóndiga, same schedule.
Venture capitalist, ex Google, Facebook, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Scott Hartley the author of the bestseller “The Fuzzy & the Techie” is a strong believer in the human skills necessary in a digital world; Enrique Dans, professor, influencer, blogger and digital transformation expert studies the effects of technology on people, businesses and society. They talk to Marta Garcia Aller, journalist, professor and Spanish writer, author of the recent book “El fin del mundo tal y como lo conocemos”.
The sculptor approaches the process of his work in a workshop at the Forge of the Royal House of La Moneda de Segovia. Workshop of one hour and 15 minutes duration.
How do writers find a soul mate to represent their work in another language? CELA is an initiative that addresses this. Writer and translator share the stage and reveal the joys and sorrows of telling the same story in a different way. Three emerging writers. Three emerging translators. Each writer reads in their own language and their Spanish translator reads in Spanish. Jaime Bartolomé will talk with them in English and Spanish about their work and the bridging the gaps between European makers and the public. Group 1: Maurizio Amendola (Italy), translator Paula Caballero; Lotte Lentes (The Netherlands), translator Irene de la Torre; João Valente (Portugal), translator Lara Carrión. Group 2: Livia Franchini (Italy), translator Paula Caballero; Catalin Pavel (Romania), translator Corina Oproae; Rebekka de Wit, (Belgium), the translator Guillermo Briz.
The documentary Swagger puts us in the heads of eleven children and adolescents with surprising personalities who live in the most disadvantaged suburbs of France. A mosaic of diverse encounters, the film gives life to the fantasies, dreams and ambitions of the children of Aulnay and Sevran.
Director: Oliver Babinet. 2016. Duration: 84 min.
Art will be the axis of the conversation between Eduardo Arroyo and Miguel Zugaza. Their collaboration has been intense for the last two decades. Zugaza has been the director of major museums who has celebrated Arroyo as a living classic. He organized two of his shows as head of the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao, based on the artist's pictorial production in the 21st century - and also during his time in El Prado, when he was commissioned the “Cordero Místico”. The writer and journalist Jesús Ruíz Mantilla moderates the encounter between these two magnificent creators.
Psychiatrist Dr. Luis Rojas Marcos, one of the most internationally respected science communicators and a highly-reputed doctor and health system manager was closely involved with 9-11. He is the author of Más allá del 11 de septiembre, where he narrates his experience and analyses the key for overcoming trauma. He is also an author of books on happiness and coexistence, for example Todo lo que he aprendido: 303 ideas para una vida mejor. He talks with Margarita Mayo, an expert on leadership, author of Yours Truly, Staying Authentic in Leadership and Life.
The former speaker of Judges for Democracy, Joaquim Bosch, and the publisher of eldiario.es, Ignacio Escolar, have teamed up to denounce that the judicial system’s crisis, which has a deep impact on democracy. Their joint publication The Abduction of Justice is as necessary a read as it is incisive and informative on the justice system in Spain. On the one hand, the book praises the broad base of stalwart magistrates who have identified political and corporate abuses and elevated cases to higher tribunals. However, Bosch and Escolar criticise those at the very top who have allowed themselves to be tainted by the unprecedented volume of high profile political meddling which has been particularly dangerous in cases involving corruption. The authors talk with the publisher of Roca Editorial, Blanca Rosa Roca.
The critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, whose credits include The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette, Venus and Le Week-End, talks with Peter Florence about his body of work and discusses his latest novel The Nothing, due out in Spanish in October.
IN COLLABORATION WITH TRES CULTURAS DEL MEDITERRÁNEO FOUNDATION
The historian Paul Preston and the writer and journalist Giles Tremlett discuss the historical roots of many contemporary Spanish issues, including Catalonia, the law on historic remembrance, a forced change in government and corruption, through the lens of Paul Preston´s forthcoming book – A People Betrayed – A history of Spain from 1874 to the present day, in which the historian provides a compelling argument identifying the all-too-frequent failure of the political class to lead the Spanish state to its true potential.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
Once again, the poetry whisperers will be out and about in Segovia, this time in three locations: the Plaza Mayor, the IE University and the Palacio Quintanar. Between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and then from 6 pm to 8:00 pm, some thirty Whisperers 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 Palacio Quintanar at that same time. Susurrantes is a project designed by Sergio Blanco, directed and coordinated by Paloma Zavala.
Miguel Pita shows how DNA decides our life. The prestigious scientist has managed to successfully enter the mind of Ale, a human being, during a day of his life. In this book we will accompany Ale in the elevator, at work or on a date, and through this peculiar experiment, we will understand to what extent genetics marks our existence. Are we born or are we made? Like it or not, nature has deposited a secret plan inside us: we all carry a microchip that influences us. Our DNA directs the manufacture of each part of our body and each of the physiological reactions that run through it: from hormonal changes to digestion. And if it directs everything that happens in the body, why would it not direct what happens in the brain?
Since we got up, our day to day is conditioned. Do you dare to discover what your genetics decides for you? Pita talks to Jesús Vigorra, a prestigious journalist from Canal Sur.
The philosopher Fernando Savater talks with Eduardo Arroyo about his love of literature as a writer and as a reader. Savater has argued the case of literature as human nourishment. Arroyo has been considered a literary painter, combining literature and art with wisdom and grace. The writer and journalist of RTVE, Lara Siscar, moderates the meeting between these two magnificent creators.
In commemoration of Latvia’s 100 years of Independence, Mrs. Argita Daudze, the Latvian Ambassador in Spain, presents the Latvian writer Leons Briedis, whose poetry selection El Mensajero Tardío has been published this year. Briedis is recognized as one of the most prolific poets, literary critic, publisher and translator in Latvia. He talks with Maximo Higuera, publisher of Ay del seis, about his literary career, his relation with the Spanish language, his translations and his poetic world. Followed by a reading of his poems in Latvian by the author and in Spanish by the translator Raquel Garcia Barobs.
The panel of experts talk about a changing Europe, its relationship with phenomena such as populism and its relationship and coexistence with other major players at a geopolitical level such as the US or China. Stefan Baron is a German journalist, ex-World Communication Director of Deutsche Bank, ex-Chief Editor of WirtschaftsWoche and expert on China with his new book The Chinese – Psychological Profile of a World Power. Fernando Fernández is ex-Analyst of the International Monetary Fund. Sam Wilkin is a geopolitical expert, analyst and advisor at the international consultancy Oxford Analytic, professor at the Watson Institute of Brown University, and author of several books including History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall. They talk to Cristina Manzano, journalist and Director of Esglobal.
IN COLLABORATION WITH BROWN UNIVERSITY AND IE FOUNDATION
Renowned as one of the most important World War II historians, Beevor desmonstrates his narrative skills as he relives the truth of what happened in the Battle of Arnhem. Based on original documentation, used here for the first time, Beevor reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem, the last German victory. Beevor talks with Jesús García Calero, Chief editor of Culture in ABC daily, about the first-hand accounts from the soldiers and the diaries detailing the suffering of the inhabitants that have reshaped the vision of this battle.
Within the technological macro trends that are playing globally, robotics and artificial intelligence are two cutting-edge issues that generate hope and, at the same time, controversy. After a century of accelerated technological changes, what began as pure fantasy is starting to emerge as a reality: 'Machines that emulate human behaviour'. In order to interpret and imagine the future in this fascinating field we are proud to welcome Gideon Lichfield, editor in chief of the magazine MIT Technology Review. Lichfield will help us to interpret the present and to glimpse the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence in the future. He talks to José de Riva Zorrilla, Vicepresident of CEPYME, member of AMETIC's board of directors and member of Asociación de Empresarios Segovianos en el Exterior. Introduced by Olivier Spreafico, CGI Vice-president, BU Leader Southern Europe & Brazil.
FINSTERWORLD's plot takes place in a timeless Germany. This is a country where the sun is always shining, children wear a uniform at school, police officers dress up as bears and pedicurists give cookies to their customers as a present. However, this beautiful parallel world is on the brink of ruin, and that is where we are heading. We face a costumbrist film, as enchanting as disenchanting. FINSTERWORLD is a tender and cautious declaration of hatred towards Germany.
Director: Frauke Finsterwalder. 2012/13. Duration: 95 min.