GREAT supports Hay Festival in Spain to promote partnerships between British and Spanish literary and creative industries

The GREAT Britain Campaign is supporting Hay Festival in Segovia – the biggest literature event in Spain – which takes place 20–23 September 2018. It will highlight the two country's shared love of literature and promote partnerships between British and Spanish creative industries. 

The activity is part of a wider campaign across Europe which aims to shine a light on the UK’s strengths and partnerships to European audiences.

British authors and artists taking part in the festival programme include:

  • Antony Beevor – historian
  • Hannah Collins – photographer / visual artist
  • Ken Follett – author
  • Stephen Frears – film director
  • A.C. Grayling – philosopher
  • Sarah Hall – author
  • Afua Hirsch – historian
  • William Kingswood – musician / composer
  • Hanif Kureishi – playwright, screenwriter, author 
  • Sabrina Mahfouz – poet, playwright, author
  • Dylan Moore – travel writer
  • Catherine Nixey – historian
  • Julianne Pachico – author
  • Simon Schama – historian

Cultural organisations participating include British Council putting on young author workshops and their School Orchestra performing in concert, Trinity College London putting on a one-act comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan, BAFTA screening a series of short films, and a screening of Stephen Frears's 2006 film, The Queen.

Hay Festival began as a literature festival in Wales, which will celebrate its 32nd year 23 May–2 June 2019. It's now a global event bringing readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world.

Hay Festival Segovia / Image: Hay Festival


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