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    Tiffany Dufu

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    Sayeeda Warsi

    UK’s first Muslim Cabinet minister on social justice, integration and 'British values' Read more >

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    Coleridge Lecture 2017

    Martha Spurrier (Director of Liberty) on hate, hostility and human rights Read more >

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    Patricia Lockwood

    The poet and writer talks about her unusual upbringing in the American Midwest Read more >

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Next Events/

Mon 27 March 2017
19:00 - 20:00
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Lisa Feldman Barrett

How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

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

The 2017 George Brandt Lecture

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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.


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3 hours ago
'This insistence on her own ignorance was an excuse, and I didn’t and still don’t accept it.'
3 hours ago
Why Donald Trump Jr should take (some) inspiration from Teddy Roosevelt:
5 hours ago
George Saunders on resistance to Trump, art and optimism:
6 hours ago
Nice piece on what it was like to draw illustrations for Robert Silvers and the NYRB
13 hours ago
RT @stevesilberman: Very happy 98th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, defender of free speech, and cofounder of SF's glorio…
13 hours ago
Just read advance copy of @Grindrod's new book. Brilliant on living on the edge of the green belt. Much to discuss…
13 hours ago
Last week's reading included Helen Dunmore's new - and wonderful - novel about Bristol in a time of revolution.
14 hours ago
RT @BristolCouncil: For the first time @WestofEnglandCA will elect a mayor for your region. Make sure you have your say.…
18 hours ago
New York Times on Edmund Gordon's biography of Angela Carter:
1 day ago
We're working with @cometherev on this event - and two others in May. All unmissable,
1 day ago
RT @NimkoAli: Super excited about this in Bristol with my sister @sianushka.
1 day ago
Delighted to announce special preview of I Am Not Your Negro with interview with director Raoul Peck 5 April @wshed
1 day ago
RT @cpe_bristol: Combating gender-based violence: hear about inspiring approaches from across the world @UoBrisSPS…
1 day ago
RT @libertyhq: Liberty Director @marthaspurrier is speaking about hate, hostility and #HumanRights @FestivalofIdeas on 20th April https://t…
2 days ago
Walter M. Kimbrough, president, Dillard University on the need for challenging speakers Thanks @kenanmalik for link
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