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    Michael Rosen

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    Neil Jordan

    Author, screenwriter and film director discusses new novel and former mentor Angela Carter Read more >

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    Sayeedi Warsi

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Wed 01 March 2017
19:00 - 20:00
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Michael Rosen

The Disappearance of Émile Zola

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Robert Muir-Wood
Fri 03 March 2017
18:00 - 19:30
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Robert Muir-Wood

The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters

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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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We distributed 85,000 copies in 2008. It is a keeper for most it seems as it is rare to see copies now.
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Coming up 12 April (free): Mervyn King #economicsfest with @BristolUni and @RES_Office
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Mohsin Hamid is an essential novelist for our times.
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RT @FreedomLGBTQ: We had great fun at the #FestivalOfIdeas as part of #LGBTHM17! Here are a collection of tweets from the evening: https://…
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Just launched. First annual Avon and Somerset Police lecture and debate 19 April (free).
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David Brooks on the Enlightenment project and anti-Enlightenment now:
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Lots of discussions about #futurecity17 recently with Bristol City Council, Bristol Green Capital Partnership and B…
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Good to see work underway at Temple Circus in Bristol City Centre. #futurecity17
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Both books will be essential reading. We'll invite Michelle and Barack to speak in Bristol, of course.
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Edelman Trust Barometer on whether young people will vote.
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Edelman Trust Barometer finds 16-18 year olds not impressed by current leaders:
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Times has details of Edelman Trust Barometer on 16-18s: disenfranchised, fed up with leaders, but trust experts…
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