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The Festival of Ideas Autumn Season 2014 brochure is now available to collect at venues across the city or to download using the link below. Highlights of our forthcoming programme include: our third Comic Creations evening (Fri 14 November) and third Festival of Economics weekend (Thu 20 – Sat 22 November); David Mitchell on his latest novel, The Bone Clocks (Wed 12 November); Ann Oakley on Father and Daughter: Patriarchy, Gender and Social Science (Wed 19 November); Jim Al-Khahli and Johnjoe McFadden on The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology (Sat 22 November); Joan Smith on the Hacked Off campaign (Mon 24 November); and much more. There are also events in association with Bristol 2014.

Autumn 2014

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Many of our past events are available to listen to on SoundCloud.

What’s next (below) has a summary of our next three events and Coming up (on left) has a list of the next six. For the full list of events go to What’s on. Each event entry has full booking details. Ticket sales are usually run by the venues where the event takes place as we do not have a central box office; tickets for free events are usually only available when booked online using Eventbrite. New events are launched regularly. To be the first to hear about upcoming events, sign up to our mailing list and Twitter feed. We also regularly post news, audio/video links and background information on our Tumblr blog.

Our 10th anniversary appeal
The Festival of Ideas is committed to keeping ticket prices low, and having as many free events as we can. We want the festival to grow as well over the next 10 years. We need your help with this. You can donate to the festival via Paypal below (the donation will be made to Bristol Cultural Development Partnership – which manages the festival – but all donations will go to the festival). All donations are welcome. By working together in this way we can make sure that we continue to celebrate and debate ideas from around the world.

What's next...

Steven Johnson

Six Ideas and Innovations that Made the Modern World

A look at the consequences of some of the most influential innovations.
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John Lahr

On Tennessee Williams

John Lahr discusses one of America’s most fascinating playwrights’ life and work in this special event with film clips.
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Professor Robert Mair

The Brunels' Thames Tunnel - a Legacy to Modern Tunnelling

Lecture on the engineering heroic feat completed in 1843.
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