Basque writer Miren Agur Meabe will participate in the Hay Festival in Arequipa, Peru, held this year from November 8th to 11th. She will give a lecture on November 11th, titled De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de literatura juvenil (What we talk about when we talk about children’s literature).
The Hay Festival was born in the little Welsh village Hay-on-Wye in 1988 as a friendly gathering to discuss literature and other arts. Nowadays, in addition to Wales, the Hay Festival is celebrated in different cities around the world, including Cartagena and Medellin (Colombia), Queretaro (Mexico), and Segovia (Spain), where international writers and essayists give conferences and participate in discussions. The festival has also been celebrated in Arequipa since 2015.
This year’s Hay Festival Arequipa will be divided into several areas. The first is the Official Programme, in which writers such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Leila Guerriero and Karolina Ramqvist will give talks and take part in debates on diverse topics. The second, Hay Joven (Young Hay) will feature conferences for university students only. There will be a third area called Hay Ideas, where more open debates will take place and the audience will have the opportunity to take part. The Hay Festivalito section is also noteworthy: it will offer workshops, storytelling and speeches for children and their families. Writer Miren Agur Meabe’s talk will be part of this section and will take place in November 11th from 4 to 5p.m. in the Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano library.
The Etxepare Basque Institute promotes the participation of Basque writers in various Hay Festivals around the world. In addition to Arequipa, the Hay Festival Cartagena and the Hay Festival Queretaro are two of them.