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Thu 30 March 2017
18:00 - 20:00
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Hugh Brody

The 2017 George Brandt Lecture

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Thu 30 March 2017
18:30 - 20:00
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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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Evan Davis talks about post-truth and what we do about it 10 June.
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Delighted to announce event with Arundhati Roy 7 June. Booking now.
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'[US] Manufacturing is in bigger trouble than the conventional wisdom would have you believe.' #economicsfest
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Trailer for Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power just launched Out July.
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Frank Delaney was 'a democratiser of the written and spoken word'.
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Parks are essential for people in cities to prosper and live. Here's Victoria Park, Bath. #futurecity17
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Times editorial calls for M&S to cut ties to farm accused of breaches in animal welfare:
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Our annual Coleridge lectures cover Marx, failed revolutions, human rights, revolution and emotion, Edmund Burke:
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RT @UoBrisSPS: Delighted to announce this @FestivalofIdeas event w/ Emerita Prof Gill Hague & Nazand Begikhani @Waterstones262 https://t.c…
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David Storey's 'raw, realistic plays and novels reflected on family, atonement and the north-south divide'
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Don't wait too long to get tickets to this special event @wshed. It's selling fast.
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RT @BristolPrize: Brilliant news, the amazing @meenakandasamy coming to #Bristol @Waterstones262 in June---> @Festi…
2 days ago
Fine writer and artist David Storey has died:
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New book coming from Evan Davis on Post-Truth to explain "why bullshit is both pervasive and persistent"
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