Hay Festival Segovia, supported by the Ministerio Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Secretaría de Cultura, Plan to Promote Reading, Leer te da vidas extra, la Junta de Castilla y León and other partners, is committed to developing young audiences and to supporting future generations of creators, readers and authors by offering an educational programme of events and workshops for children and young adults. Hay Festival's education initiatives bring young people closer to literature and music, fostering a passion for reading, creative writing and the communication of ideas through any type of language, including the poetry of social networks.

A compass for inspiration

Within the framework of Hay Festival Segovia, the Ministry of Education of Junta de Castilla y León will bring young people from the wider community to the city of Segovia to participate in workshops and meetings with prestigious writers and young talents on the rise. Festival speakers will also participate in outreach events in Cuéllar, in the province of Segovia.

During the 2018 festival, the Castillo del Duque de Albuquerque hosted students from educational institutions in Cuéllar for an event centered on storytelling in all its literary forms. Spanish writer and journalist Marta del Riego and Peruvian writer and journalist Santiago Roncagliolo led this seminar designed to uncover various forms of narrative, as newspaper articles, fictional stories or intimate poems.

Over 500 students from institutes throughout the community met in the Aula Magna at IE University for a talk on the Second World War by eminent historian Antony Beevor.

Hay Festival making and doing workshops

We think that workshops really help people to enjoy various aspects of culture, so we offer a wide and varied programme of workshops for young adults. To get to know the authors appearing at the 2018 festival, we hosted workshops run by the British Council in Segovia. For the technologically-minded, Storytel returned with a guide on how to create creative scripts, while Telefónica Educación Digital got hands-on with the role of technology and digitalisation in education. For young people, students and teachers interested in the world of theatre and opera, Trinity College London led sessions on how to create your own Gilbert & Sullivan opera.

Reading in public spaces

In 2018 Hay Festival Segovia focused on the important role of reading in public spaces.

Reading increases empathy and allows anyone to visit places and worlds that they might not otherwise know of.

Celebrating the importance of reading, 'poetry whisperers' performed in three central locations: the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza San Martín and the Palacio Quintanar. There was a further opportunity to be enchanted by poetry in the open air at the Jardín Romeral de San Marcos, where the event "My own and others" took place. This initiative consisted of a group of authors orchestrated by José Félix Valdivieso and Christina Ward, who read their own work during a walk around the garden.

Another opportunity to be amazed by poetry took place in Plaza San Martín, thanks to the Europa project. Writers from 25 different European countries read their own pieces in their mother tongue, followed by a Spanish translation, embodying the main motif of the festival's 2018 theme: coexistence.