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    The Pastoral Novel

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    The Professor of Philosophy and Law and 2016 Reith Lecturer asks what identity means Read more >

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    Get ready for September's Novel Writer event by adding Elmet to your summer reading list Read more >

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Gina Miller
Tue 04 September 2018
19:00 - 20:00
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Gina Miller

Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall and Leading the Way

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Thu 06 September 2018
19:00 - 20:00
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David Bollier

Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons

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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. Read more

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