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    William Boyd

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    Salman Rushdie

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    Erica Jong

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Next Events/

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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46 mins ago
Our good friend Zoe Williams is guest speaker at Bristol's Women’s Voice AGM 22 September:
1 hour ago
Nobel winner Robert Shiller on the economics of manipulation and deception 13 November in #economicsfest
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RT @floatsinaditch: Re-reading #FearofFlying in anticipation of #ericajung @FestivalofIdeas @stgeorgesbris 28 Oct. Think I might be a bit #…
2 hours ago
This is good: via @holdengraber and from the @awl: Literary Magazines for Socialists Funded by the CIA
5 hours ago
@FraserNelson and we'd still like to have you speak on social mobility in our Festival of the Future City in November 2/2
5 hours ago
@FraserNelson excellent - are you coming to our Arcadia event in the evening and if not would you like to? 1/2
5 hours ago
Dear @FraserNelson - re article about Bristol in @spectator. How about coming for a tour or take up our November invitation?
7 hours ago
Spectator writer attacks Bristol, #bristol2015 and Green Capital
8 hours ago
John Harris on David Cameron and the refugee crisis: John will speak in #futurecity15 November.
8 hours ago
New study says climate change will alter ocean bacteria (trichodesmium microorganisms) crucial to food chain
8 hours ago
Will Hutton: Growing student debt is entrenching unfairness for a whole generation
9 hours ago
Salman Rushdie and the truth. He's in Bristol 11 October:
18 hours ago
West Yorkshire council leaders agree on devolution bid. We debate devolution in #futurecity15 November.
18 hours ago
George Ferguson: libraries great community asset but need to unlock full potential & bring them into the 21st century
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