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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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Thu 30 March 2017
18:30 - 20:00
Price: £5/ £3
Novel Writers: David Keenan

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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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58 mins ago
Our first event in and with @BristolCathedra is the brilliant Arundhati Roy 7 June. Book here:…
4 hours ago
Sir Paul Nurse - recently installed University of Bristol Chancellor - on universities and free speech:
18 hours ago
Arundhati Roy was awarded the Man Booker Prize for The God of Small Things. She's in Bristol 7 June…
20 hours ago
The brilliant Peter Higgs. Paul Dirac and Bristol led him to a life in physics and a Nobel Prize
20 hours ago
Tim Bowles, @swilliamsmp @MansellForMayor @DarrenHall2015 @Savage4Mayor @aaronfoot119 debate #metromayor 25 April
21 hours ago
Final piece in Amelia Hill's excellent series on retirement: #economicsfest #futurecity17
21 hours ago
Delighted to announce event with Arundhati Roy 7 June. Booking now:
21 hours ago
Philip Larkin in Hull station.
21 hours ago
RT @econromesh: Post #Brexit economics: #RESconf2017 10 April @DianeCoyle1859 @PJTheEconomist @mcmahonecon @swatdhingraLSE @NIESRorg https:…
1 day ago
Enjoyed brief visit to Hull - City of Culture 2017. @2017Hull volunteers were brilliant in offering advice and promoting the place.
1 day ago
David will also be speaking in our Festival of the Future City in October and other events.
1 day ago
Our event with @wshed and @cometherev I am not Your Negro and director q&a is so popular it's moved to bigger cinema
1 day ago
Our new brochure is here: lots of new events. And more to be launched soon so keep a watch on the website.
1 day ago
Don't miss this on catch up. Delighted to announce event in Bristol with Arundhati Roy 7 June. Booking now:…
1 day ago
Evan Davis talks about post-truth and what we do about it 10 June.
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