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

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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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Salman Rushdie: “I got quite good at Elvish at one point.” Salman Rushdie event 11 October
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Does Liberal Britain have a future? Debate with Guardian Live 9 July:
4 hours ago
Labour councillors on four West of England councils around Bristol to fight plans for a "metro mayor" #devolution
4 hours ago
People power has shut the doors on fracking in the UK #bristol2015
16 hours ago
Could this be a problem for Bristol/ West of England? Rolls-Royce important here. #economicsfest
16 hours ago
That was quick
16 hours ago
KPMG analysis shows raising minimum wage to living wage would benefit businesses as well as staff: #economicsfest
16 hours ago
Coming up 9 July: The Fight for Liberal Britain with Andrew Rawnsley, Norman Lamb, Tim Farron: Guardian Live event
16 hours ago
Yanis Varoufakis is leaving the Ministry of Finance today after referendum result:
17 hours ago
Bike 'drive in' cinema at Withdrawn showing Jaws (film was not good news for sharks though awareness higher now):
1 day ago
We agree. One of the finest TV series ever made.
1 day ago
Three times more young homeless people in Britain than official government figures suggest
1 day ago
More visitors to Withdrawn - our @ace_national Exceptional arts project
1 day ago
Osborne banks on cities to cure 'British disease' (£)
1 day ago
Larry Elliott: Greece's vote edges it towards euro exit, but the odyssey is far from over. #economicsfest
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