In 1795 Samuel Taylor Coleridge gave a series of radical lectures in Bristol which questioned religion, attacked the slave trade, condemned the war with France and criticised taxation. They promoted wide debate and were censured by the city’s merchants.

The fourth Coleridge Series marked the 100th anniversary of the act which extended the right to vote in the UK with speakers exploring injustice, identity, inequality and a more humane way of living. The speakers this year were: Shami Chakrabarti (3 April), June Sarpong (10 April), Ann Oakley (17 April), Afua Hirsch (24 April), Laura Bates (1 May), Diane Coyle (8 May) and Helen Pankhurst (10 May).

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You can listen to audio recordings of previous Coleridge Series on SoundCloud. The themes were Radical Green (2015), Utopia (2016) and Revolution (2017).