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Wed 04 March 2015
18:30 - 20:00
Free Admission
Nature – Our Big Green Ally

with Stephanie Hilborne, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff, and John Lawton

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Roger Scruton
Thu 05 March 2015
18:00 - 19:30
Free Admission
Roger Scruton

The Only True Conservationist is a Conservative

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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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12 mins ago
Big week of events in our Romantics and Bristol season. Brochure here:
15 mins ago
This week - Roger Scruton: The Only True Conservationist is a Conservative (free 5 March)
2 hours ago
Andrew Rawnsley: Labour going for students, Tories for older voters is descent into cash-and-carry politics
2 hours ago
Lulu: Sexism is worse in the music industry now than it was in the 1960s
2 hours ago
BBC Trust chair gets £10,000 a day for work at HSBC: #economicsfest
9 hours ago
Jill Leovy: Another day, another murder: life and death in south LA Leovy event 19 March
15 hours ago
Coming up: John Burnside, Paul Farley, Ruth Padel and Jean Sprackland - writers and the natural world 7 March
21 hours ago
Behind paywall, but this profile of Robert Macfarlane - Walking in a williwaw wonderland - is worth your cash today.
22 hours ago
Darren Hall - Green Party candidate Bristol West - responds to George Monbiot's Festival of Ideas Coleridge Lecture
22 hours ago
Iain Macwhirter @iainmacwhirter on Rifkind, Straw, 'Parliamentary payola' and different rules in Scottish Parliament
23 hours ago
W. H. Auden: "Poetry Makes Nothing Happen”. On poetry and politics. Good reading ahead of Romantics event 6 March
23 hours ago
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, census reveals but are still endangered #Bristol2015
23 hours ago
Seattle begins pricing transit tickets based on passengers’ income to target inequality.
23 hours ago
The influence of MIT economics has been underestimated and overshadowed by Chicago School, Paul Krugman says.
23 hours ago
Pro-environmental messages targeting conservative values could persuade conservatives to join the environmental cause
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