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