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Bristol Festival of Ideas

Bristol Festival of Ideas returns to Arnolfini and venues across the city in May with its annual festival of talks, debate and discussion.

For further information visit www.ideasfestival.co.uk. Bristol Festival of Ideas is produced in association with the Observer.

 Bristol Festival of Ideas: Daniel Pink

Bristol Festival of Ideas: Daniel Pink

Monday 25 February 2013, 17:30
In his new book, To Sell is Human, Dan Pink explores the ways in which we can all improve our sales skills
Bristol Festival of Ideas: Danny Dorling

Bristol Festival of Ideas: Danny Dorling

Tuesday 05 March 2013, 17:15
Danny Dorling discusses Unequal Health as these inequalities have now reached an extent not seen for over a century in the USA and the UK.
Tracey Thorn - Bedsit Disco Queen

Tracey Thorn - Bedsit Disco Queen

Wednesday 15 May 2013, 16:15 to 17:15
Join Tracey Thorn as she discusses her new book Bedsit Disco Queen - the funny, perceptive and candid story of her 30-year pop career.
Bristol Festival of Ideas: Robin Ince

Bristol Festival of Ideas: Robin Ince

Wednesday 15 May 2013, 17:45 to 19:40
A Bristol Festival of Ideas event with award winning comedian and science enthusiast Robin Ince.
Peter J. Conradi on Frank Thompson

Peter J. Conradi on Frank Thompson

Thursday 16 May 2013, 16:15 to 17:15
Peter J Conradi’s A Very English Hero is a compelling portrait of a generation that is slipping from memory.
John Gray - The Silence of Animals

John Gray - The Silence of Animals

Thursday 16 May 2013, 17:45 to 18:45
In his latest book, John Gray, one of our leading philosophers, draws on an extraordinary array of memoirs, poems, fiction and philosophy to make us re-imagine our place in the world.
Antonia Fraser -  Perilous Question: Reform or Revolution? Britain on the Brink, 1832

Antonia Fraser - Perilous Question: Reform or Revolution? Britain on the Brink, 1832

Friday 17 May 2013, 16:15 to 17:15
Best-selling historian Antonia Fraser’s new book brilliantly evokes one year of pre-Victorian political and social history: the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832.
David Goodhart - The Immigration Debate

David Goodhart - The Immigration Debate

Friday 17 May 2013, 17:45 to 19:15
David Goodhart, director of Demos, argues that liberal thinking on immigration has in recent years promoted two contradictory ideals.
Silvia Casale, Ian Cobain, Malcolm Evans On Torture

Silvia Casale, Ian Cobain, Malcolm Evans On Torture

Saturday 18 May 2013, 10:15 to 11:30
The official line is clear: the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture.
Andrew Solomon - Far From The Tree

Andrew Solomon - Far From The Tree

Saturday 18 May 2013, 12:00 to 13:00
In his seminal new study of family, Far From the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so.
Will Storr - The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science

Will Storr - The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science

Saturday 18 May 2013, 13:30 to 14:30
Will Storr was in the tropical north of Australia, excavating fossils with a celebrity creationist, when he asked himself a simple question. Why don’t facts work?
T. J. Clark – Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica

T. J. Clark – Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica

Saturday 18 May 2013, 15:00 to 16:00
T. J. Clark’s Picasso and Truth offers a breathtaking and original new look at the most significant artist of the modern era.
Tony Lee Moral – Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass

Tony Lee Moral – Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass

Saturday 18 May 2013, 15:00 to 16:00
Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most revered filmmakers of the twentieth-century. Not only was he the ‘Master of Suspense’, he was also an innovator of storyboarding, directing, framing, editing, ...
Nigel Costley – West Country Rebels

Nigel Costley – West Country Rebels

Saturday 18 May 2013, 16:30 to 17:30
For generations communities around the South West organised and engaged in riot and uprising, for food, for access, for fair tax and to be heard in a society that denied most people the vote.
Bristol Festival of Ideas: What the Frock!

Bristol Festival of Ideas: What the Frock!

Saturday 18 May 2013, 18:30 to 21:00
After launching at last year’s Festival of Ideas, What The Frock! has continued to grow and prove that there is a huge demand from audiences for the countless talented female comedians on the UK ...
Polly Morland And Peter Tatchell – How to be Brave

Polly Morland And Peter Tatchell – How to be Brave

Sunday 19 May 2013, 13:30 to 14:30
Are brave people somehow fundamentally different from the rest of us, or is courage something that we can learn?
Lisa Appignanesi, Bidisha, Linda Grant and Rachel Holmes - Fifty Shades of Feminism

Lisa Appignanesi, Bidisha, Linda Grant and Rachel Holmes - Fifty Shades of Feminism

Sunday 19 May 2013, 15:00 to 16:15
Fifty years after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, have women really exchanged purity and maternity to become desiring machines inspired only by variations of sex, shopping and masochism – ...
Diarmaid MacCulloch – Silence: A Christian History

Diarmaid MacCulloch – Silence: A Christian History

Sunday 19 May 2013, 16:30 to 17:30
Diarmaid MacCulloch, acknowledged master of the big picture in Christian history, unravels a polyphony of silences from the history of Christianity and beyond.