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Kit de Waal – Credit Justine Stoddart
Thu 30 June 2016
18:30 - 20:00
Price: £5/ £3
Novel Writers: Kit de Waal

My Name is Leon

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credit Imperial War Museum Q70164
Sun 03 July 2016
13:00 - 15:45
Price: £9.00/ £6.50
Battle of the Somme

Screening and panel discussion

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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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Tony Blair: 'The center must regain its political traction...and find solutions that rise above the populist anger.'
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Melanie Phillips: for Labour to survive it needs to 'renounce virtually everything for which it currently stands.'
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Coming up 13 July: Angus Deaton - (2015 Nobel Laureate) on growth, inequality and health (free). Book here:
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RT @TheMarmotReview: In case you missed Bristol's @FestivalofIdeas / of the future city - a talk with @MichaelMarmot & @microphilosophy htt…
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Geoff Dyer - White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World. Tue 5 July 2016 19:00-20:00 Waterstones Price: £6/ £4
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The Other Art Fair, the UK’s leading artist fair, returns to Arnolfini on 22-24 July....
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Weekend reading included this rather good memoir by Stanley Kubrick's driver (he was much more than this as well).
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RT @FestivalofIdeas: Hisham Matar's The Return is a testimony of a son's love for his father and a story of the power of art:…
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RT @AlecJRoss: From my book The Industries of the Future. #Brexit just of many battles to come. The book: https:/…
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Another important vote today which should not be ignored.
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RT @Paraorchestra: Last night's Heroes Symphony conducted by @CharlieHazlewoo with Army of Generals & @Paraorchestra is now on iPlayer: htt…
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Brexit support in Labour areas:
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Nick Cohen on BREXIT quotes Kipling: I could not dig; I dared not rob: Therefore I lied to please the mob....
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Aziz Ansari on Trump, terror and his worries about where his mother will pray
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Political turmoil continues: Hilary Benn sacked and now Heidi Alexander resigns:
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