Bristol Festival of Ideas new season

21 09 2012

The Bristol Festival of Ideas, now held in partnership with the Observer newspaper, has leapt into 2013 with the announcement of their new programme, which features the usual smorgasbord of events enough to whet the appetites of anybody with a curious mind.

“Our autumn programme looks at many issues, from what the movies mean to us to our first Festival of Economics,” says festival director Andrew Kelly.

“Along the way we’ll look at food, graphic novels, the coalition half way through its term of office, drugs, why the world is getting more peaceful, Shari’a Law and Islam.

“We have joined with the University of Bristol for the autumn art lectures and have some fine fiction writers including Will Self, Thomas Keneally and Richard Ford.

“We celebrate Jamaica 50. As we move into 2013, we have Jared Diamond, author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel, exploring what we can learn from traditional societies.”

Speakers along the way include Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall talking about his approach to food and his food campaigns; Polly Toynbee  joined by a panel of Bristol MPs Charlotte Leslie, Kerry McCarthy and Stephen Williams to look back over the first two years of the coalition government; and in what is sure to be a highlight of the new season, Peter Hitchens and Howard Marks debating drug policy.

Click here for the full October 2012 to January 2013 programme of events.


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