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  • (FILE) Tim Farron Launches Bid For Lib Dem Leadership Day Four Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

    A Guardian Live Event

    The Fight for Liberal Britain with Andrew Rawnsley, Tim Farron and Norman Lamb Read more >

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  • Sarah Leipciger

    Novel Writers

    This July we welcome Sarah Leipcigar to discuss her debut novel with Emylia Hall Read more >

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(FILE) Tim Farron Launches Bid For Lib Dem Leadership Day Four Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference
Thu 09 July 2015
19:00 - 20:30
Price: £5
The Fight for Liberal Britain

with Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

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Alvin Roth
Mon 13 July 2015
18:15 - 19:15
Free Admission
Alvin Roth

Who Gets What - And Why: The Hidden World of Matchmaking and Market Design

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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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3 mins ago
Polly Toynbee on David Cameron's abolition of the poverty measure:
1 hour ago
We're showing Best of Enemies from 24 July: Here's the trailer:
2 hours ago
Our Roberto Saviano event recording now live: Great honour to host this event.
2 hours ago
Recording of Q&A with Naomj Oreskes following showing of Merchants of Doubt based on her book #Bristol2015
2 hours ago
Hadley Freeman's leaving London, too - for Hampstead Her event on 1980s movies here
2 hours ago
Bristol University aims to be carbon neutral by 2030 #bristol2015
2 hours ago
'A lament for the misfired Renaissance of socialism'. Guardian on Landscapes of Communism by Owen Hatherley
2 hours ago
New Paris skyscraper will house various cultural attractions in arrondissement not as well provided as others.
11 hours ago
And on 9 October we have Atul Gawande on Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End
11 hours ago
Very pleased to announce new event with William Boyd 14 September: Fabulous writer.
11 hours ago
Great to see Roberto Saviano talking to the Guardian. Bristol still buzzing from our event.
11 hours ago
More schools taking part in @ace_national Exceptional project the Bristol Whales
11 hours ago
Fantastic picture of Bristol's Victoria Rooms 1898 via @BristolUni
14 hours ago
Is there a Bristol Disease when 'new projects get crushed or delayed by opposition groups?
14 hours ago
New event: Best of Enemies from 24 July. Documentary on 1960s TV debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley Jr
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