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    William Boyd

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Bob Hunter in front of Phyllis Cormack c Greenpeace / Rex Weyler
Wed 09 September 2015
20:00 - 22:20
Price: £9/ £6.50
How To Change The World

Film Screening and Satellite Q&A

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Boyd William c Trevor Leighton
Mon 14 September 2015
18:30 - 19:30
Price: £7/ £6
William Boyd

Sweet Caress

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What we do/

The Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year.

Established in 2004, the Bristol Festival of Ideas emerged out of Bristol’s bid to be Capital of Culture in 2008.

We wanted more debate in the city. We also wanted to celebrate the work of great writers, commentators and thinkers in and outside the city.

Roberto Saviano 2015 event

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1 week ago
Why does social mobility matter? Debate growth of inequality and reviving social mobility #economicsfest 14 November http://t.co/EvzqZsSxjW
1 week ago
A fine piece by Jonathan Meades on Bristol. Meades is in Festival of the Future City, November (launched soon) http://t.co/LLsibZEw9v
1 week ago
Tickets going quickly for Atul Gawande 9 Oct http://t.co/c26phZk4Sq
1 week ago
Missed Judith Rodin in Festival of Ideas 2015? Listen here – or listen again: https://t.co/baCqDpTOfz
2 weeks ago
Should we call a halt to economic growth to save the planet? Debate in #economicsfest 12 November http://t.co/MJDhwVb4J9
2 weeks ago
William Boyd's new novel Sweet Caress is brilliant. See him 14 September:http://t.co/n2vgGuYLYc
2 weeks ago
Terry Jones presents Boom Bust Boom 16 September http://t.co/tEcQi3uOH2 #economicsfest
2 weeks ago
Salman Rushdie's new book is a testament to the power of humanity in chaotic times. He's in Bristol 11 October http://t.co/j79PjJupYj
2 weeks ago
For full details of our #economicsfest 12-14 November check here: http://t.co/WAGArL41GL
2 weeks ago
Danny Dorling: Students dashing from A-levels into debt, fuelled by a fear of poverty http://t.co/vUVUj3QEox http://t.co/Tk8dI1uMkf
2 weeks ago
Brent Toderian on city hall cultures and importance of breaking down silos. Much to discuss when he's in Bristol Nov https://t.co/23d36DW5Hh
3 weeks ago
Tessa Coombes - @policytessa - asks if Bristol is falling behind when it comes to devolution: http://t.co/UVoM0kl90x #futurecity15
3 weeks ago
In Hackney, £1,000 rent each month gets you a converted shed http://t.co/XswiG1DQ33
3 weeks ago
Want background on Atul Gawande? His website is here: http://t.co/5iVFtBwqwq. Atul Gawande in Bristol 9 October http://t.co/c26phZ2ttQ
3 weeks ago
The No-Growth Economy: Is it the Only Way to Save the Planet? Debate in #economicsfest 12 November http://t.co/MJDhwVb4J9
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