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Photos from past Festival of Ideas events are posted on the Festival of Ideas photostream on Flickr. A selection of short video interviews can be found on this page, recorded at various events during 2009 and 2010. Click on the video clips below to watch. You can see more recent videos on the Festival of Ideas blog.

Paul Collier

On 12th May 2010, Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, came to Bristol to deliver his lecture : ‘Peace and the Plundered Planet’. The following interview was recorded just before his event.

Paul Collier on ‘Peace and The Plundered Planet’
Video and interview by George Miller on Vimeo

Chris Anderson

The following video interview with Chris Anderson was recorded on 1st July 2009, during his visit to the UK to promote his new book Free. The recording took place just before Chris’ event: ‘A Radical Vision of the New Economy‘ at the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Chris Anderson: Free
Video and interview by George Miller on Vimeo

Book Prize 2009

On 5th May 2009, we awarded the first annual Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize (2009) to Nick Davies for his book Flat Earth News. Before the announcement of the winner, we recorded video interviews with five of the shortlisted authors (below), asking them about their books and how they felt to be nominated.

Click to listen to audio interviews Audio interviews with shortlisted authors


Mark Leonard, What Does China Think?
Video by MiKat Productions, interview by George Miller


Misha Glenny, McMafia:Seriously Organised Crime
Video by MiKat Productions, interview by George Miller


Nick Davies, Flat Earth News
Video by MiKat Productions, interview by George Miller


Richard Holmes, The Age of Wonder
Video by MiKat Productions, interview by George Miller


Sara Maitland, A Book of Silence
Video by MiKat Productions, interview by George Miller


Nick Davies, winner of the Book Prize 2009 for Flat Earth News
Video by MiKat Productions, interview by George Miller