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  • Candice Carty-Williams

    Novel Writers: Candice Carty-Williams

    She discusses Queenie, her debut novel of humour, heartbreak and identity.

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  • Nicci Gerrard (c) Phil Fisk

    Nicci Gerrard

    What can dementia teach us about love, caring and what really matters in the end?

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    Inua Ellams: The Half-God of Rainfall

    The award-winning poet and playwright discusses his work and new novel.

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    Jared Diamond

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author returns to Bristol to talk about crisis and change.

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  • Bhaskar Sunkara

    Bhaskar Sunkara

    Is there a case for radical politics in an era of extreme inequality?

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Tue 23 April 2019
18:30 - 19:30
Free Admission
Karen Pollock

What are the Challenges of Holocaust Education in 2019?

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Britain Beyond Brexit book jacket
Wed 24 April 2019
19:00 - 20:00
Price: £8/ £6
What Lies Beyond Brexit?

Thangam Debbonaire, Laura Gardiner, Gavin Kelly and Nick Pearce

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