Andrew Miller: memories of Spain and Hay Festival

Andrew Miller: memories of Spain and Hay Festival

Just last week I was in Spain, right down South in Vejer. On a clear day you can see Africa from there. Wonderful! Fried fish, a rolling sea and manzanilla sherry. But Segovia is a Spain I’m more familiar with. I lived in Avila for a year or so teaching English to children who probably have children of their own now. I loved Avila, loved the mountains, the slight austerity of that part of Spain and the sudden, rather startling fiestas, men strolling through the town launching fireworks from their hands. Had a few days out in Segovia then and am looking forward to renewing the acquaintance.

As for Hay I feel I’ve hardly been away. I was with the festival in Wales this Summer and earlier in the year travelled with Peter Florence and a gang of luminaries to India and then Bangaladesh. Jon Gower who’s chairing my event on Sunday may be getting weary of the sight of me but practice makes perfect!

Right, time now to repack the bag I still haven’t unpacked. And better check the forecast. Maybe we’re past the linen shirt stage even in Spain.

Andrew Miller will be speaking at the Hay 25 event (Saturday, 29 September, Palacio del Quintanar, at 13.30 h) and with Suzanne Joinson and Jon Gower on Sunday, 30 September, at 12.00 h in Caja Segovia