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  • Ian McEwan

    Ian McEwan

    A special event with the celebrated author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach Read more >

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    Yuval Noah Harari

    The author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind looks into the future Read more >

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Ian McEwan
Sun 28 August 2016
15:00 - 16:00
Price: £10/ £8
Ian McEwan


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Fri 09 September 2016
18:30 - 19:30
Price: £10/ £8
Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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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
Weekend reading included the outstanding War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans from @HarvillSecker.
4 hours ago
More excellent films from @CineRedis @wshed tonight.
6 hours ago
Brochure for November 2016 #economicsfest is here:...
9 hours ago
James Alan McPherson, first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at age 72:
10 hours ago
RT @GrantaBooks: Alejandro Zambra, author of MULTIPLE CHOICE is @FestivalofIdeas 13 October Tickets -…
12 hours ago
Enjoying - and learning a lot from this - new book by Stuart Jeffries. He talked about this at #futurecity15
12 hours ago
Another very good interview with Clive James - on living and dying, his poetry and box-set TV:
13 hours ago
Date for the diary: second Festival of the Future City 18-20 October 2017.
14 hours ago
More great stuff @wshed today including Wizard of Oz in 3D.
14 hours ago
2/2: we should have a Great Exhibition of the Bristol/South West/ West of England for 2023 Capital of Culture
14 hours ago
1/2 Blackpool, Bradford, Newcastle-Gateshead and Sheffield shortlisted for Great Exhibition of the North 2018:
16 hours ago
Brochure for November 2016 #economicsfest is here:
17 hours ago
Stefan Hertmans has written a brilliant fictional memoir based on the secret war diaries of his grandfather.
17 hours ago
Are we going to experience zero growth in 2017? #economicsfest
24 hours ago
We look at the economics of social mobility and the importance of families 19 November in #economicsfest
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