Poet and translator Leons Briedis participates in the Hay Segovia festival in Spain


September 19, 2018

Poet and translator Leons Briedis participates in the Hay Segovia festival in Spain

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In commemoration of Latvia’s founding centenary, H.E. Ms Argita Daudze, the Latvian Ambassador in Spain, presents the Latvian writer Leons Briedis, whose poetry selection El Mensajero Tardío (Latvian: Vēlīnais vēstnesis) was published last year in Spain. Briedis is recognized as one of the most prolific poets in Latvia, in addition to his work as a literary critic, publisher, and an expert and translator of Hispanic literature.

On Saturday, 22 September 2018, after the Ambassador’s introductory speech, Briedis will talk with Maximo Higuera, publisher of Ay del seis, about his literary career, his relation with the Spanish language, his translations and his poetic world. The interview will be followed by a reading of his poems in Latvian by the author and in Spanish by the translator Raquel Garcia Barobs.

From 20th until 23rd of September, Segovia will become the main attraction for writers, painters, journalists, artists and contemporary top intellectuals and philosophers from the entire world. Hay Segovia is one of the sister festivals of the original Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, held annually in Wales. Throughout the festival, visitors will enjoy lectures, book presentations, musical performances and film previews. This year Peter Florence, the founder of the Hay festivals, is participating in Hay Segovia , alongside the legendary British film director Stephen Frears, whose award-winning films include “The Queen”, “Florence Foster Jenkins”, as well as writer Ken Follet, historian Simon Schama and many, many other beloved intellectuals and artists.

More information: HERE

Photo: Ģirts Raģelis