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    William Boyd

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    Salman Rushdie

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Next Events/

Bob Hunter in front of Phyllis Cormack c Greenpeace / Rex Weyler
Wed 09 September 2015
20:00 - 22:20
Price: £9/ £6.50
How To Change The World

Film Screening and Satellite Q&A

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Boyd William c Trevor Leighton
Mon 14 September 2015
18:30 - 19:30
Price: £7/ £6
William Boyd

Sweet Caress

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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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20 hours ago
As part of our John le Carré celebration we have an event with Adam Sisman, author of new biography - 18 October
21 hours ago
We're showing the classic BBC series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as part of a John Le Carre celebration 17 October
21 hours ago
RT @JonnyGeller: Very sad to hear Oliver Sacks succumbed to his illness. He wrote this recently on illness. http://t
21 hours ago
@kevmcveigh @CherylMorgan We'll be covering all Mary Shelley's work in some form that weekend.
21 hours ago
Oliver Sacks memoir is a brilliant read as is this - on learning he has terminal cancer
21 hours ago
Oliver Sacks has died. Compassionate and interested in many things, he leaves a huge legacy in the world of ideas
21 hours ago
Mary Shelley was born this day in 1797. Next March we have a special celebration of Shelley and Frankenstein.
22 hours ago
Rachel Cooke's excellent profile of David Lagercrantz, writer of fourth thriller in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series
23 hours ago
Paris streets to be free of cars for one day: #futurecity15
23 hours ago
Andy Haldane - past speaker in festival - 'leads race to run' Financial Conduct Authority #economicsfest
23 hours ago
Paul Mason Vice interview on how capitalism will end:
23 hours ago
Val McDermid: 'I'm working class – I wouldn't be able to go to Oxford now': #economicsfest
24 hours ago
Business model for creative industries is broken - successful shows generate little income, though hotels make money
1 day ago
New free event 28 September: Carlo Rovelli - Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
2 days ago
Arcadia Spider now going into centre of Bristol. One of our #ACEsupported Bristol 2015 Exceptional projects
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