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Fri 06 March 2015
19:00 - 21:30
Price: £12/ £10
A New Lyrical Ballads

Contemporary Poets and Romanticism

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John Burnside (c) Helmut Fricke
Sat 07 March 2015
11:30 - 13:00
Price: £7/ £6
Writers and the Natural World

John Burnside, Paul Farley, Ruth Padel and Jean Sprackland

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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.

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Increasingly likely that the Prime Minister will be “empty chaired” in #ge2015 TV debates.
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RT @floatsinaditch: Love of poetry is alive and well in #Bristol tonight. 23 new poems read live by poets @FestivalofIdeas @AtBristol to au…
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RT @shawnsobers: I've got the pleasure of chairing this event next week about masculinity at @ArnolfiniArts http://…
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Via @taniahershman: Patience Agbabi's Lyrical Ballad tonight
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John Burnside on stage now in our Lyrical Ballads event
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Andrew Motion reads his new poem for our Lyrical Ballads event.
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Ian McMillan says keep tickets for tonight's Lyrical Ballads event as in years to come many people will say they were here.
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George Ferguson introduces our Lyrical Ballads evening celebrating poetry and nature, Coleridge and Wordsworth
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Alan Rusbridger: why the Guardian is putting climate change threat to Earth front and centre from now. #bristol2015
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@M_Z_Harrison @Kirsty_Strang We'll be recording that as well.
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RT @heyheymaimai: Excited for new lyrical ballads @FestivalofIdeas event tonight with @IMcMillan @GretaStoddart @PatienceAgbabi @DavidHarse…
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@Kirsty_Strang @M_Z_Harrison the romantics event tonight will be filmed. Online in a couple of weeks I think. Thanks.
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Giles Wilkes: Tariq Ali’s ‘The Extreme Centre’ can be read as an examination of the frustrations of the left (£)
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Exemplary review by Steven Poole of Jon Ronson’s 'superb and terrifying new book' on rants, tweets and public shaming
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John Harris quotes David Cameron's views in favour of TV debates in 2010
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