Segovia literary festival to begin
The third annual Hay Segovia festival will include musical performances, literary readings and art exhibits.19 September 2008
MADRID -- The Hay Festival was founded in 1988 by British actor and director Peter Florence, who funded the event with EUR 29,000 worth of winnings from a poker game. The name is derived from its original location, Hay-on-Wye in Wales.
The event, held every May, unites guest speakers on literature, politics, economics, the arts and academia, from Bill Clinton in 2001 (who reportedly earned a EUR 150,000 speaking fee) to Gore Vidal, Salman Rushdie and Gary Kasparov this year.
A few years ago the festival was exported with similar success to Colombia's Cartagena de Indias, and in Spain to Segovia, home of the Roman Aqueduct, and the Alhambra Palace in Granada.
For three years, Hay Segovia has showcased panel discussions and lectures by Martin Amis, Bob Geldof, Doris Lessing and Chris Stewart, and collaborated with the British Council on language and cultural programmes such as BritLit, which develops language learning materials from contemporary British sources.
The festival has recently incorporated musical performances and visual arts into its programming. This year Hay Segovia will run from 27 - 30 September and will include lectures with feminist author Germaine Greer and Latin American writer Mario Vargas Llosa.
[El Pais / Expatica]