By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
‘The World as It Is and Might Be’Another Hay Festival heard from, this time the Spanish iteration at Segovia. The program has been announced to include more than 100 speakers and 70 events in nine days’ time, September 16 to 24.
In a prepared statement, the director of the Segovia installation of the international network of Hay events, Maria Sheila Cremaschi, is quoted, saying, “From cities, to food, to immigration, to peace, to Europe: our programme imagines the world as it is, and as it might be.” A Hay hallmark is a mixture of current events and arts programming that stretches the “literary festival” concept into something more broad-based and informative.
Nevertheless, announcements like the one made Friday (July 21) normally start with a given festival’s writerly speakers, and the Segovia news is no exception.
Authors scheduled to appear include:
- Richard Ford
- Jeanette Winterson
- Ben Okri
- Leila Slimani
- Javier Marías
- Santiago Posteguillo
- Antonio Muñoz Molina
The Segovia festival has a special focus on issues around cities and includes in its programming, discussions with architect Richard Rogers and Design Museum’s Deyan Sudjic. The artfully named Lorenzo de’ Medici presents an historical view of great cities, while architects Luis Vidal and Benedetta Tagliabue appear with Japan’s Sou Fujimoto. Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo is on the schedule, too.
More speakers include historians Catherine Maxwell-Stuart and Giles Tremlett, while a “celebration of food” somehow finds its way into the program, as well, led by The River Café’s Ruth Rogers of London.
Those current events come into play in discussions featuring:
- A.C. Grayling and Manuel Muñiz on what the Hay’s organizers refer to as “the crisis of democracy”;
- British judge Philippe Sands and Baroness Helena Kennedy;
- Banker Juan María Nin and politician Joaquin Almunia on European economics;
- Bristol-based writer Nikesh Shukla on immigration; and
- Jurist Alvaro Gil-Robles and international attorney Mark Muller Stuart on issues of world peace.
As part of the original Welsh Hays Festival observances of its 30th anniversary, Helena Kennedy will present her “reformation of human rights law” in the “30 Reformations” series.
More information on the Hay Segovia’s programming, as well as tickets, is here.
Upcoming International Hay Festival Events
- Hay Festival Queretaro, Mexico (September 7-10)
- Hay Festival Segovia, Spain (September 22-24)
- European Children’s Literature Hay Festival Aarhus, Denmark (October 26-29)
- Hay Festival Arequipa, Peru (November 9-12)
- Hay Festival Wales Winter Weekend, UK (November 24-26)
- Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (January 25-28, 2018)