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Clare Chambers in conversation with Ludovic Assémat

Against Marriage

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Refectorio

Clare Chambers, reader of political philosophy at the University of Cambridge, is the author of Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-free State; Sex, Culture and Justice: The Limits of Choice; Teach Yourself Political Philosophy: A Complete Introduction; and numerous articles on feminist and liberal political philosophy. She is currently carrying out research for her latest project, entitled Intact: The Unmodified Body. During her visit to Segovia she will speak with Ludovic Assémat, Director of Arts at the British Council, about the social conventions by which we live, within the framework of the British Council’s It’s Time to Talk programme.

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Event 26

Violet Moller and Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Miguel Aguilar

Wisemen and Wizards: The revolution of knowledge, from the classical world to today

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula Magna

In her first publication, young historian Violet Moller outlines the path traversed by the ideas of three great wise men from the ancient world – Euclides the mathematician, Ptolomeus the astronomer and Galen the surgeon – in a long, never-ending transformation through seven cities across more than one thousand years. Moller reveals the links between the Islamic world and Christianity that would preserve and transform science from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Some centuries later, when the First World War ended, a decade of exceptional creativity started, which changed the course of ideas in Europe forever.

In his latest work Zeit de Zauberer (‘A Time of Magicians’) Wolfram Eilenberger concludes that Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer and Heidegger, four giants, shape our contemporary thought and are the true origin of our modern relationship with the world. Eilenberger is editor-in-chief of the German edition of Philosophie magazine. He and Moller talk to editor Miguel Aguilar about the transmission and revolution of knowledge and the new way of writing essays.

Photo ©: Paula Jayne
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Event 27

Magali Guerrero, Jean-Christophe Rufin, Benjamin Ziff, Laura Hugo, Caroline Michel, Belén Ferrier, Guillermo Solana, Hugh Elliott and José Antonio Municio

Readings in the Garden: My own and others’

– Venue: Jardín Romeral de San Marcos

In this new edition of My own and others’ – a series of readings which celebrates its tenth anniversary at Hay Festival Segovia – José Antonio Municio, expert in the history of the garden, will reveal some of its secrets to us.

Magali Guerrero, Jean-Christophe Rufin, Benjamin Ziff, Laura Hugo, Caroline Michel, Belén Ferrier, Guillermo Solana, Basilio Sánchez, Andy Mackay, José Antonio Municio, and the masters of ceremony Cristina Ward and Félix Valdivieso, read texts of their own work or by their favourite authors during a walk through the corners of the Jardín del Romeral de San Marcos.

In the event of rain this event will be moved to Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University at the same scheduled time.

Audience and participants are invited to record themselves in a professional recording cabin located at Plaza Mayor if they wish to do so. See event 29 for further information. Please register in advance at

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Event 28

Storytel Workshop: Reinventing the experience of the ‘book’

Renato Cisneros, Jesús Ruiz Mantilla and Javier Celaya

– Venue: Biblioteca Municipal, Casa de la Lectura, Sala segunda

Stories born in audio format are then translated onto paper. ‘Audio first’ is now a worldwide trend that pitches the audio format as the first one to launch new works into the market. Renato Cisneros explains the challenges of developing an original series for Storytel, designed to start out in an audio format.

A 1.5-hour-long workshop run by journalist and poet Renato Cisneros, writer and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla and writer Javier Celaya.

1 hour 30 mins
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Event 29

What do you want me to tell you?

Listen or record an audiobook

– Venue: Plaza Mayor

We all love a good story. Attendees at Hay Festival Segovia this year can discover the new world of audiobooks, including using a production cabin to listen to books written by authors participating this year. Storytel, the main audiobook platform in Europe, in collaboration with Eclair, the leading studio in sound production and dubbing into Spanish, will transform the bandstand in Plaza Mayor de Segovia into a production studio so the audience can immerse themselves in audiobooks by listening to chapters from thousands of works published by well-known writers.

Attendees will also be able to record texts from their favourite authors’ works, which will be shared through social media. Participants from the public reading series My own and others’ at Plaza San Martín and Jardín del Romeral de San Marcos will also record their readings.

Time schedules:

Friday 20 September, 5.30pm–8.30pm.

Saturday 21 September, 11am–2pm and 5.30pm–8.30pm.

Sunday 22 September, 11am–2pm.

Photo ©: Eclair Madrid

Special offer for Hay Festival Segovia assitants and friends: 30 days free trial of Storytel

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Event 30

Elvira Lindo in conversation with Manuel Jabois

Subtle gesture, bold defiance

– Venue: La Alhóndiga

Elvira Lindo, the much-loved voice and creator of the character Manolito Gafotas, a classic of Spanish children’s literature on Saturday morning radio, shows her mettle as an insightful essayist with a keen eye for the subtleties of social change. Sometimes gestures that seem small are loaded with bold statements and thus have a big impact. In her latest collection of essays, 30 maneras de quitarse el sombrero (‘30 ways to take off your hat’), Elvira Lindo pays homage to the struggle of many women who changed history, for example the gesture made by three Spanish artists in the 1920s right in the centre of Madrid, defying the establishment. Elvira Lindo provides a portrait of, among others, American writers Carson McCullers, Dorothy Parker and Joan Didion and British professor Mary Beard. These women broke moulds in their own way. She will talk with writer and journalist for El País, Manuel Jabois.

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Event 31

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose in conversation with Adam Austerfield

Populism, democracy and the future of Europe

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Refectorio

Professor Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, one of the world´s most recognised economic geographers, uncovers some of the fundamental reasons why many European countries have elected populist, anti-establishment and in many cases anti-European Union political movements, from both the left and the right. He speaks to Adam Austerfield.

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Event 32

Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

Public spaces in today’s architecture

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula Magna

Amanda Levete is a British architect and the founder and principal of AL_A. Her recent projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road quarter in London, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MATT) in Lisbon, the Central Embassy in Bangkok and a media campus and headquarters for broadcaster Sky in London. She was previously a partner of Future Systems where she realised buildings including the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning media centre at Lords Cricket grounds in London and Selfridges department store in Birmingham. Amanda will be in conversation with Peter Florence discussing architecture today, with topics ranging from materials to the importance of public space. The event will be presented by Martha Thorne, Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Photo ©: Matt Holyoaks
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Event 33

FT Weekend Event: What Future for Europe?

Jean-Christophe Rufin, Roula Khalaf, Daniel Dombey, Anna Bosch and Luis Garicano

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Refectorio

Populism, transatlantic tensions, eurozone reform, Brexit: the new European Commission faces multiple, perhaps fatal, challenges. Or perhaps this is too pessimistic. Europe also has positive stories to tell, in areas such as innovation. Top Financial Times editors Roula Khalaf and Daniel Dombey are joined by Jean-Christophe Rufin, Prix-Goncourt winning French novelist, Anna Bosh, international section journalist for TVE and Luis Garicano, economist, professor of Strategy and Economics at IE Business School, MEP for Ciudadanos and Vice President of the European Parliamentary Group ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe), drawing on the results of a major FT research project. Chaired by FT Literary Editor, Frederick Studemann.

Photo ©: Hélie Gallimard
Duration of the conversation 1h + 20 min. The event will be split in two sessions; one focused on Europe and its wider context and the second focused on European main internal challenges and economy.
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Event 34

Suzy Amis Cameron in conversation with Peter Florence

Climate change: A global or individual challenge?

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula Magna

This year, concern for the future of the planet has resurfaced with a bang. Demonstrators throughout the world are calling on governments to act before it is too late, though for many it is already. The prominent environmental advocate and philanthropist Suzy Amis Cameron has promoted multiple initiatives dedicated to combating climate change in the areas of both sustainable fashion, with Red Carpet Green Dress, and child nutrition, with MUSE School. She also founded, with her husband, filmmaker James Cameron, Plant Power Task Force, Cameron Family Farms and Food Forest Organics, dedicated to food based on local products. She appeals to individuals to make a change, to make a contribution to the environment by following a simple programme she presents in her new book, OMD Change the World by Changing One Meal a Day

Suzy Amis Cameron Photo ©: Harry A’Court

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Event 35

Antonio Muñoz Molina in conversation with Ana Gavín

Your footsteps on the staircase

– Venue: La Alhóndiga

One of the most highly acclaimed Spanish writers internationally, Antonio Muñoz Molina, returns to fictional prose with a psychological thriller, Your Footsteps on the Staircase. Set in New York, this story of the love and memories of a couple seen through real-life events and personal emotions straddles fiction and reality; and questions the nature of being human. Muñoz Molina’s work has been translated into numerous languages and he has received many awards, among them the Planeta Award for The Polish Rider and the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. He will talk with Ana Gavín, Director of Editorial Relations for Grupo Planeta.

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Event 36

Charlotte Casiraghi and Robert Maggiori

A passion for philosophy

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula Magna

Archipel des Passions is a combined effort that reads like a small treatise on passions. The authors, Charlotte Casiraghi and Robert Maggiori, deal with emotions, their logic, or at times their confusion. Charlotte Casiraghi – who read Philosophy at the Sorbonne, is co-founder of the ecological newspaper Ever Manifesto and founding member of Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco, the institution she currently chairs. Robert Maggiori, philosopher and literary critic (Libération), author of numerous works, is also a founding member and president of the jury of Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco’s Philosophy Awards. Both authors present their book in conversation with their Spanish editor Leopoldo Kulesz.

Photo ©: Felix Dol-Maillot
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Event 37

Carlota del Amo, Isabel Perancho, Clara Jiménez and Raúl Magallón

How does fake news affect us?

– Venue: Biblioteca Municipal, Casa de la Lectura, Sala Roja

DIRCOM is the most important Association of Directors of Communication in Spain. This panel reflects on how FakeNews and Factchecking news affects our lives and communications. How can communicators respond to this situation? Throughout the table, topics such as the globalization of distrust and the reliability of the sources, what is the factchecking and what is dedicated; to what interests do fakenews respond, who or who moves them and how do they spread. The fake market, why it is necessary and what kind of information it fights. We will also analyze the ecosystem hunt and the appearance of a new professional profile: the fact checker. Carlota del Amo, Corporate Communications Director of the Penguin Random House Editorial Group chairs the event with Isabel Perancho, General Director of Planner Media, Clara Jiménez, co-founder and project manager of  and member of the International Fact-checking Network Advisory Board, Raúl Magallón, professor in the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication of the Carlos III University of Madrid. Author of UnfakingNews. How to combat misinformation.

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Event 38

Javier Castillo and Elísabet Benavent in conversation with Macarena Berlín

Love, lies and suspense

– Venue: Teatro Juan Bravo

Two of the most outstanding and best-selling Spanish authors of recent years discuss the art of writing about love and suspense. With his characteristic narrative virtuosity, master of crime fiction, Javier Castillo delves into the mysteries of the everyday, where the most primal fears remain hidden in his most recent novel Todo lo que sucedió con Miranda Huff (‘Everything that happened with Miranda Huff’), a fast-paced psychological thriller in which it seems impossible to find Miranda alive. Elísabet Benavent presents Toda la verdad de mis mentiras (‘The Whole Truth About My Lies’), an original novel that tackles the contradictions of a group of friends who are forced to lie to stop feeling. A fun and surreal journey, where everything can happen and which speaks of the truth behind all the lies. Both authors talk to Macarena Berlín, director and presenter of the programme Los muchos libros on Cadena SER.

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Event 39

Voices at the square

Readings, concerts and dance: My own and others’

– Venue: Plaza San Martín

San Martín Square will be the epicentre of this celebration after its success at last year’s Hay Festival Segovia. A series of readings and music will surprise audiences with their energy and joy.

39a. In case of rain, event 39a moves to the University of Valladolid, at the same time

Once again, the Big Band del British Council School will bring rhythm to the Saturday evening before giving way to:

7pm: My own and others’, Hay Festival Segovia’s proposal to promote reading and gather, in a place of communion and expression, voices renowned for their work and talent. In this edition, the readers of the series will be Ibero-American public figures. Let’s celebrate this space for thought, cohabitation and welcoming surroundings; let’s celebrate cultures. Let’s celebrate that we are here and now. The hosts of the Renfe’s train are Joaquín del Moral who will take these voices to Segovia and the General Director of Renfe Viajeros, Javier Díaz Trisac. The evening’s host will be journalist Ramón Arangüena, who will introduce each guest to read a poem or short text in this event coordinated by Laura VenturaThe Mayor of Segovia Clara Isabel Luquero de Nicolás, opens the reading. The UK Ambassador for Spain, Hugh Elliott, the Director of British Council, Mark HowardMiguel Ángel de Vicentel (President of Council of Segovia), José Mazarías (Territorial Delegate of the Junta de Castilla y León), José Luis Huertas (City Councillor of Segovia Townhall), Pablo Pérez (politician in Segovia Townhall), Alfonso Martín Gómez (General minister)and other authorities will dedicate us their readings too. Participants are, among others: Benjamin Ziff (diplomat), Pablo Jiménez Burillo (poet), Anna Grau (journalist and writer)Javier Rodríguez Marcos (poet), Luz Sánchez Mellado (journalist), Pablo Messiez (theater director, playwright), Gina Aguiar, Counselor of Culture of Segovia,  Ana Gavín (publisher), Andy Mackay (Director EU Europe, British Council), Renato Cisneros (writer)José Félix Valdivieso (poet), Beatriz Celaya (cultural manager), Alonso Ruiz Rosas (writer and diplomat), Ilze Barobs (educator), Ludovic Assémat (British Council), Cristina Ward (British Council), Belén Ferrier (artisan), Jair Leal (plastic artist), Cléo Costa (journalist), Javier Celaya (director of Dosdoce), Isabel Fuentes (writer), Gonzalo Figari (publicist), Ana Guijarro (consultant), Beltrán Gambier (lawyer), Andrea Tenuta (actress), Ronald Muzzangue Muzz (social anthropologist), Noelia Noto (actress), Santiago Herrero (diplomat), Laura Bautista (manager), Javier Gila (president of the NGO AIDA), Idoia Cantolla (cultural manager), Gervasio Posadas (writer), Nani Mosquera (draftswoman), Marta del Riego (writer), Luis Besa (journalist), Carlos Aganzo (poet), Lisbeth Salas (photographer), Clara Paolini (journalist), Ana Corroto (book seller), Selena Millares (writer, professor), Almudena Ballester (writer translator), Elizabeth Gruninger (interior designer), Laura Garrido (journalist), Marta Villegas (writer), Marella Paramatti (cultural manager), Celia Ayllón (blogger), Laura Arache (consultant), Jesús Vigorra (journalist), Javier Olivera (cinema director), Guillermo Solana (curator),​ ​Oliva Arauna​ ​(curator and gallerist), Ricardo Cárdenas (plastic artist), Mar Sancho (manager), Carlos Malamud (historian), Ainhoa Sánchez (manager), Jesús Nieto (journalist), Olga Cuadrado (manager), Alberto Giovanetti (diplomat), Violeta Medina (filmaker and poet), Marife Santiago Bolaños (poet), Agustín García Matilla (professor),Paulina Martínez (writer), Kris Rocha (singer, who will participate with her reading and songs), and Emilio Gilolmo (Hay Festival Vice-President), in charge of closing the readings. 

8.30pm: Kris Rocha, a Brazilian participant in the Festival de San Sebastián, comes to Segovia to communicate her passion for Brazilian music. Musicians from the Music Club of IE University will perform songs from their countries and others, in a great music party without borders. With Giulia Carmago (Brazil), Gilles de Trazegnies and Alejandro Sansour (Peru), Irene Delgado (Guatemala), and Paula Molina (Colombia).

39b. In case of rain, event 39b moves to La Alhondiga, at the same time

Ready to dance? The literary dance will return this year to the sound of Latin American rhythms, alternating readings and dancing steps for everyone. 

10.15pm: As a grand finale, the festival welcomes Inua Ellams to Segovia, one of the most multi-talented and acclaimed artists in the United Kingdom. The poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer will be the host with the actor Nacho Aldeguer of a great R.A.P. (Rhythm and Poetry) party where young authors from different nationalities (including Bubelo Mlilo from Zimbabwe among other artists) will perform literary works influenced by Urban culture, with a soundtrack Hip Hop style. 

Audience and participants are invited to record themselves in a professional recording cabin located at Plaza Mayor. See event 29 for further information. Please register in advance at

Special offer for Hay Festival Segovia assistants and friends: 30 days free trial of Storytel

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Event 40

Adam Michnik and Fernando Savater in conversation with Maite Pagazaurtundúa

The Battle for Europe

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula Magna

Spanish philosopher and essayist Fernando Savater, renowned for his extensive work on Basque terrorism and winner of the Octavio Paz Prize, is joined by Polish historian Adam Michnik, director of Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, a political activist who has been granted numerous civic and professional recognitions including being named a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. They agree that the time has come to join forces, to rekindle the spirit of the European ideal and face the threat of radical nationalism. These two icons of liberal thought and defenders of Europe share their concerns with Maite Pagazaurtundúa MEP, the former president of the Fundación Víctimas del Terrorismo, who provides her very personal view of the destructive impact extreme nationalism can have when it is nourished by extortion and violence.

Photo ©: Ricardo Martín
Simultaneous translation from Polish into Spanish and from Spanish into Polish.
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Event 41

Jerónimo Saavedra and Paolo Santini in conversation with Lorenzo de’ Medici

Leonardo 500

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Refectorio

Leonardo da Vinci may be known as one of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance but in his lifetime he stood out, among other métiers, as an engineer, urban planner, scientist, inventor, musician and philosopher. Leonardo had the support of the statesman, diplomat and patron Lorenzo de’ Medici, the most influential figure in Florence. 2019 marks half a millennium since the death of the great polymath and to celebrate his achievements the descendant of his sponsor, Prince Don Lorenzo de’ Medici ­– author of historical novels and thrillers who has taken part in several television programmes about his family – shares the stage with Paolo Santini, Medieval and Renaissance art historian and coordinator of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist, expert in his legacy and advisor to the House of Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo; and Jerónimo Saavedra, a prominent Spanish politician and connoisseur of the Medici family at the time of Florence’s splendour. The editor of El Adelantado de Segovia, Teresa Herranz, presents the event.

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Event 42

James Ellroy in conversation with Guillermo Altares

The dark side of Hollywood

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula Magna

James Ellroy is one of the most famous writers of contemporary crime fiction. Among his best-known works are The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential, which were turned into films with staggering success. Along with The Big Nowhere and White Jazz, they make up the acclaimed L.A. Quartet, a series that has become a classic of 20th-century noir novels. These stories are set in the 1950s and make up a journey through the dark side of Hollywood. Ellroy has just published This Storm, a sequel to Perfidia, which takes place in January 1942, when Los Angeles was reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor. He talks to journalist and writer Guillermo Altares. Presented by the Counselor of Culture, Tourism and Sports from Junta de Castilla y León Javier Ortega Álvarez.

Photo ©: Marion Ettlinger
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Event 43

Soledad Puértolas in conversation with Angélica Tanarro

The music of the novel

– Venue: La Alhóndiga

Since she published Bandido doblemente armado (‘Two Gun Bandit’) four decades ago, Soledad Puértolas’ literary career has not stopped growing, in depth and in acclaim, for both short stories such as ‘Adiós a las novias’ (‘Farewell to brides’), ‘El fin’ (‘The End’), or ‘Chicos y chicas’ (‘Boys and Girls’), and for her novels Queda la noche (‘Night is all that´s left’), Una vida inesperada (‘An unexpected life’), La rosa de plata (‘The silver rose’). Puértolas, one of the most important figures in contemporary Spanish literature, takes a direct and committed look at women and social circumstances, which she has once again examined in her latest novel, Opera Music. She holds a chair at the RAE (Royal Academy of Letters) and talks with Angelica Tanarro, a journalist specialising in culture and a writer herself.

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Event 44

Reyes Monforte and Carmen Posadas in conversation with Carlos Aganzo

Women readers and writers: A new literature

– Venue: Teatro Juan Bravo

It is a phenomenon throughout the world, but especially in Spanish literature: the success of literature written by women whose reading public is comprised mainly of women. Two of the most popular novelists of our time, Reyes Monforte and Carmen Posadas, represent in their own right the definition of a new literature that has another way of narrating, and another way of being read. Both have set historical novels in Russia – Monforte with Una pasión rusa (‘A Russian Passion’) and Posadas with El testigo invisible (‘The Invisible Witness’). Both have garnered awards throughout their careers and are now members of literary awards juries. They are among the female authors who have relaunched the publishing industry in a new direction. What is really behind this phenomenon? Monforte and Posadas, each with hundreds of thousands of readers in Spain and in America, will speak with journalist and writer Carlos Aganzo about this phenomenon and and their latest novels: Monforte's La memoria de la lavanda (Lavender’s memory) and Posadas's La maestra de títeres (The puppetry teacher).

Carlos Aganzo Photo ©: LLANTÉN K

Carmen Posadas Photo ©: EFE

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