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Tue 25 April 2017
18:30 - 20:30
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A Sustainable West of England?

Metro Mayor Hustings

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Wed 26 April 2017
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Patricia Lockwood


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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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In the week following Neville Chamberlain's declaration of war, 25% of England's pets were euthanised
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Why regionalism, rather than more urbanism, is needed 'to move the country forward': #futurecity17
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Matthew Taylor's review into work and law and regulation today looks at work flexibility:…
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Patricia Lockwood in Bristol 26 April: talking memoir, identity, Catholicism and more.
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Patricia Lockwood is 'poised to make a big impact with her memoir on growing up in the Catholic church'
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Apathy and lack of awareness are problems with metro mayor elections but they are important: #futurecity17
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Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune to help overcome problem of fake news: Evan Davis talks about post-truth in June.
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This is sad news. Ben was a passionate and visionary advocate for cities and mayors. He was going to speak in…
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Wonderful profile of poet and writer Patricia Lockwood, in Bristol 26 April:
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