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  • David Olusoga, Jon Craig

    David Olusoga appointed Festival Patron

    David will provide intellectual support and ideas, and act as an ambassador and advocate.

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  • Chatterton 1856 by Henry Wallis

    Furious, Wild and Young

    A chance to view Henry Wallis' famous painting of Bristol-born Thomas Chatterton as part of the Poetic City programme

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Next Events/

Jo Marchant credit Poppy Marchant
Tue 22 September 2020
18:00 - 19:00
Free Admission
Jo Marchant

The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars

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Vanessa Kisuule
Wed 23 September 2020
14:00 - 15:00
Price: £10
Bristol City Poet Handover

Vanessa Kisuule with Caleb Parkin and Marvin Rees

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