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Tue 24 May 2016
18:30 - 19:30
Price: £7/ £6
The Observer Lecture 2016: Laura Cumming

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Harriet Ritvo
Tue 24 May 2016
20:00 - 21:00
Free Admission
The Future of Animal Rights

With Stephen F Eisenman, Harriet Ritvo and Kate Soper.

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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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Currently reading this wonderful book in preparation for our event with Alexei Sayle 26 May:
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Tonight 24 May: Laura Cumming on Velázquez and great art:
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Dean Atta (@DeanAtta) reading his poem at our poets and utopia event 20 May:
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Why don’t people pursue their best interests? Richard Thaler 31 May:
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RT @helenmwilde: Great hearing @DawnHFoster talking about her book Lean Out the antidote to Lean In by @sherylsandberg @FestivalofIdeas @ws…
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Miles Chambers (@milocool) reading his poem about Bristol last Friday:
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David Olusoga @davidolusoga hosting our contemporary poets and utopia event last Friday:
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Trump takes lead in US presidential election:
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Timothy Garton Ash's 10 rules of free speech 2/10. Garton Ash on free speech 27 May:
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Exit or voice? Ruth Padel on speaking at a festival sponsored by a company she opposes:
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Dawn Foster, speaker in festival, on new book Labour's 'identity crisis' Book is here:
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Bernard-Henri Lévy praises @philippesands book about crimes against humanity. Hope to have autumn event on this.
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Is support for Brexit 'dwindling'? The West Decides - the EU and business 15 June (free):
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Timothy Garton Ash's 10 rules of free speech 1/10. Garton Ash on free speech 27 May:
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Living on $2 a day - in extreme poverty - in the US:
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