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Clara Sánchez

My Words, Others’ Words

Event 1 Venue: Torreón de Lozoya

The writer talks to Ana Gavín about her latest book, El cielo ha vuelto, and starts reading from her work. The reading will be continued during the festival by Clara Luquero, Aurelio Martín, Teresa Sanz, Luis García Méndez, Jesús García Calero, Ricardo de Querol, Carlos Aganzo, César Gómez, Alfredo Matesanz, Lucía Herranz, Blanca García and Elena García Gil. After the reading, there will be a Q&A session with representatives of reading clubs both from Segovia and from online platforms.

Sign language interpreter available.

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Launch of the ninth Hay Festival Segovia

Event 46 Venue: Aula Magna, Campus de Santa Cruz La Real–IE University

The launch of the ninth Hay Festival Segovia includes a speaker event on Freedom of Speech, the official opening of a temporary bookshop and a festival exhibition, and the ringing of bells in fifteen Segovian churches.


Part 1: 6.45pm, Aula Magna, Campus de Santa Cruz la Real–IE University

Giles Tremlett, Guillermo Altares, Paolo Rumiz, Oliver Meiler and Adam Michnik in conversation with Ignacio Torreblanca 

Freedom of Speech: Europe 1914–2014

The Spanish daily El País has invited representatives from five major newspapers from the UK, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Poland to discuss how Europe has changed in the last 100 years. The discussion will focus on what lessons have been learned from the First World War, the impact of the media on the construction of Europe and the future of the European Union. 


The participants are Giles Tremlett, journalist at The Econmist; Guillermo Altares, journalist at El País; Paolo Rumiz, columnist for La Repubblica; Oliver Meiler, contributor to Tages-Anzeiger; and Adam Michnik, director of Gazeta Wyborcza. The event is chaired by Ignacio Torreblanca, Head of the Madrid office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). The event is presented by the British Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley and the President of IE University, Santiago Íñiguez.


Simultaneous translation into Spanish from English, Italian and Polish


Organised in conjunction with El País, Renfe and the British Embassy in Spain

In collaboration with the Ayuntamiento de Segovia, AECID, the Italian and Swiss Embassies, the Instituto Polaco de Cultura in Madrid, newspapers The Economist, La Repubblica, Tages-Anzeiger and Gazeta Wyborcza, BCD Travel and Protos

Part 2: 8.30pm, Palacio Quintanar

Ivorypress Bookshop and Photobooks Exhibition Opening

Launch of the Ivorypress temporary bookshop and the exhibition of Photobooks from the Banco Sabadell and Arts Libris Collections.


Ivorypress Temporary Bookshop

All books published by Elena Ochoa Foster’s famous publishing house Ivorypress are available until the end of the festival. These include a selection of books on photography, contemporary art and architecture.


Banco Sabadell and Arts Libris Collections

This exhibition features key work from the last ten years and has a specific focus on work produced during the last five years. Open until 15 November.


Part 3: 8.45pm, Plaza Mayor

Bell Ringing

Church bells ring in fifteen Segovian churches to herald the start of the ninth edition of Hay Festival Segovia.


Co-organised with Ivorypress, Fundación Banco Sabadell, El País, IE University, Renfe and the British Embassy in Spain, in collaboration with the Obispado de Segovia, Protos, BCD Travel, Ayuntamiento de Segovia and Junta de Castilla y León

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Ilze Barobs and Jennie Gant

Clutching a Book: Readings in English

Event 47 Venue: Librería Antares

Come and listen to British Council Segovia teachers Ilze Barobs and Jennie Gant recite a selection of funny and dark poems by one of Britain’s most beloved and influential poets – Roger McGough. The poems will make you think, they’ll make you laugh, and you can even discuss McGough’s poetry with Ilze and Jenny in person. 

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Ilze Barobs and Jennie Gant

The Adventures of Elf Girl and Raven Boy: Workshop in English

Event 48 Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia

In this workshop, British Council Segovia teachers Ilze Barobs and Jennie Gant encourage participants to be inspired by Marcus Sedgwick’s books and characters, and to read and write in English. Children and adults alike will be transported to the ‘Forest of Fear’, ‘Monster Mountain’, ‘Sea of Screams’ and other amazing settings, while they help the protagonists pursue their adventures.

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Visual Arts Exhibitions Launch

Event 50 Venue: La Alhóndiga

Come to the launch of four visual arts exhibitions in two venues. The first two openings take place at the Alhóndiga: 100 Spaniards and Adolphe Sax: The Belgian genius who invented the saxophone. The next two openings take place at the Palacio del Quintanar – an exhibition dedicated to the Ivorypress bookshop and the Photobook exhibition, which forms part of the Fundación Banco Sabadell Collection.

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Visit the Castle

Event 49 Venue: Castillo Duques de Albuquerque – Cuéllar

This castle and its walls were declared a National Artistic Monument in 1931. The actual building was first documented in 1306. In 1464, King Enrique IV donated Cuéllar and its castle to Don Beltran de la Cueva, the Duke of Albuquerque. Hence the castle is also known as the Castle of the Duke and Duchess of Alburquerque.

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Fernando García de Cortázar

The Key Role of Archives in Writing Historical Novels

Event 51 Venue: Iglesia de San Martín – Cuéllar

This twelfth-century church, located within the walls of the castle belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Alburquerque, provides the setting for Spanish Jesuit priest and historian Fernando García de Cortázar to talk to journalist Ann Bateson about the role archives play in the development of historical novels. This event is presented by D. Ioannes Osorio, the Duke of Alburquerque.

Event in Spanish

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German Film Series

Screening: Die Frau mit den fünf Elefanten (The Woman and the Five Elephants)

Event 52 Venue: La Cárcel–Filmoteca de Segovia

(Vadim Jendreyko, 2009. Duration: 97 minutes)
Swetlana Geier was a distinguished translator. A key feature of her work was her linguistic sensitivity and an unwavering respect for authors, especially Dostoyevsky. The Woman and the Five Elephants interweaves Geier’s own life story with her literary work, and features flashbacks of her life during the Stalin Regime and the Second World War.

German original version with subtitles in Spanish

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Launch of Marlborough Gallery Exhibition: Freedom Sculpture

Event 53 Venue: Huerta de la Calle del Marqués de Villena

The Marlborough Gallery exhibition Freedom Sculpture features works by Martín Chirino, Alberto Corazón, Juan Genovés, Francisco Leiro, Antonio López, Blanca Muñoz, Pelayo Ortega and David Rodríguez Caballero. After the inauguration of the exhibition, at 7.30pm, the Fundación Prosegur in collaboration with the Fundación Albéniz presents a chamber music concert performed by students of the Reina Sofia Music School.

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Monastery of Santa Maria del Parral in Segovia at the same time.

In collaboration with Fé
lix Ortiz, Diputación de Segovia, Ayuntamiento de Segovia, Fundación Prosegur, Fundación Albéniz and the Marlborough Gallery
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Chinese Film Series

Screening: Fei Cheng Hu Rao 2 (If You Are the One 2)

Event 54 Venue: La Cárcel–Filmoteca de Segovia

(Feng Xiaogang, 2010. Duration: 120 minutes)
Qin, a wealthy middle-aged businessman, and Xiaoxiao Liang, a beautiful flight attendant, question their relationship after attending the lavish divorce ceremony of their friends Mang Guo y Shan Li.

Chinese original version with Spanish subtitles

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Pierre Lemaitre in conversation with Charo Izquierdo

Event 2 Venue: San Juan de los Caballeros

Pierre Lemaitre talks about his novel, Au revoir là-haut, winner of the 2013 Prix Goncourt, which is set in the aftermath of the First World War. He talks to Charo Izquierdo. The event is presented by Alain Forh, Minister-Counsellor of the French Embassy in Spain.

Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish.

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Carmen Posadas and Gervasio Posadas

Master Class: I Want To Write

Event 3 Venue: Biblioteca Pública de Segovia

Many people find it almost impossible to write a story. Fear of the blank page merges with the fear of being unable to write. Creative writing needs talent but also requires a set of tools which enable us to unearth that talent and develop it. The aim of this master class is to demystify writing and make it available to all those people who long to indulge in the art of story telling.
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José Carlos Martínez, Enrique Loewe Lynch and Julieta Martialay

​The art of dance and other cultural luxuries

Event 4 Venue: San Juan de los Caballeros

José Carlos Martínez, recognized as one of the world’s best dancers and currently serving as choreographer and artistic director of Spain’s National Dance Company, and Enrique Loewe Lynch, Honorary President of the Loewe Foundation, lecturer and active patron of the arts, will be talking to Julieta Martialay, who writes for the lifestyle section of Elle magazine, about art, culture and dance on the 35th anniversary of the National Dance Company. Introduced by luxury expert Susana Campuzano.

Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish

Co-organised with Elle magazine, the Loewe Foundation and the Programa Superior de Dirección y Gestión Estratégica del Universo del Lujo de IE Business School in collaboration with the French Embassy and the Institut Français in Spain

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French Film Double Bill

L’invention de la cuisine

Event 5 Venue: La Cárcel–Filmoteca de Segovia

The series L’invention de la cuisine, the work of documentary film-maker and amateur chef Paul Lacoste, portrays five great chefs whose work, like French cuisine itself, is always being reinvented. This is an opportunity to see two of the five films.


8.15pm Screening: L’invention de la cuisine – Michel Bras

(Paul Lacoste, 2003. Duration 52 minutes.)

Michel Bras, with his three Michelin stars, is one of France’s best-known chefs. Through four of his dishes, we discover and taste the chef’s creative process.

Original version in French with Spanish subtitles


9.30pm Screening: L’invention de la cuisine – Pierre Gagnaire

(Paul Lacoste, 2003. Duration 52 minutes.)

Pierre Gagnaire is an outstanding chef and a relentless creator. His menu changes every month, his dishes change every day, and he is able to improvise and bring a different attitude to any recipe, depending on the product, moment, and guest.

Original version in French with Spanish subtitles

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American Film Series

Screening: Paper Moon

Event 55 Venue: La Cárcel–Filmoteca de Segovia

(Peter Bogdanovich, 1973. Duration: 102 minutes) 
Paper Moon
is set in the state of Kansas during the Great Depression. A nine-year-old girl called Addie Loggins believes a small-town con man called Moses Pray could be her father after her mother dies. The locals foist Abbie off on Moses and soon Addie and Moses become a team, travelling from town to town and making money in every dishonest way imaginable.

Original versión in English with subtitles in Spanish
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Roger McGough

Event 6 Venue: San Juan de los Caballeros

A chance to listen to one of the most outstanding British poets reading a selection of his work, confirming him as a poet of many voices, hilarious and surreal. Presented by Rod Pryde, Director of the British Council in Spain.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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ABC/IE Workshop

Novels and Journalists: Real Fictions

Event 7 Venue: Sala Capitular, Campus de Santa Cruz la Real

Novels by authors well-known from TV have been remarkably well received by readers. Apart from the authors’ fame as journalists and news readers on different channels, their forays into fiction have brought a new flavour to the literary scene. Fiction written by people who compile and convey news stories day after day contains dreams and stories that are worth taking a look at. What does journalism bring to literature? Marta Fernández and Sandra Barneda talk to Inés Martín Rodrigo and Jesús García Calero.

Produced live by the IE School of Communication Medialab team and broadcast via live streaming on the culture section of

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Marcus Sedgwick

Event 8 Venue: San Juan de los Caballeros

Marcus Sedgwick has established himself as a widely-admired writer of young adult fiction, and won several awards including the Printz Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. Sedgwick reflects on his popular, eclectic work with British Council Director Rod Pryde.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Earl H Fry, Antonio Fernández-Martos and Fidel Sendagorta talk to Marco Benito

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (T-TIP): A positive step for business between Europe and the USA

Event 56 Venue: Aula 142, Campus de Santa Cruz la Real–IE University

[56] 13.00h–14.00h, , 3 €Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University (USA) and expert in international economic agreements Earl H. Fry; the Director General of International Trade and Investment at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness Antonio Fernández, and Fidel Sendagorta, Secretary General of US Spain Council Foundation, discuss the impact of the new T-TIP agreement on European development, with IE Law School professor and expert in international arbitration, Marco Benito.

Event in English

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Rocío de Isasa, Carmen Navarro, Xavi Ayen, Violeta Monreal and Pedro de Andrés

What can we do to get more readers?

Event 9 Venue: Iglesia de San Nicolás

What resources are required to encourage people to read in Spain? How can we promote and encourage reading, and thereby ensure Spain is regarded as one of the more developed countries? Rocío de Isasa of Maeva Publishing, Carmen Navarro, Director of Escuela newspaper, author and illustratorVioleta Monreal andXavi Ayen, journalist for La Vanguardia newspaper, discuss these issues and other topics in an event chaired by the President of CEDRO, Pedro de Andrés.

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