Battles in Print & Culture Wars

Battles in Print are specially-commissioned essays that explore topics being discussed at the Battle of Ideas, serving as introductions to the debate and encouraging further reflection. Battles in Print take a variety of forms, from short provocation essays to longer think pieces and interviews, and are available both online and in print at the festival itself. They are complemented by themed book reviews on Culture Wars, the Institute of Ideas' online review.

Editor: Sarah Boyes

Select a theme on the left to see related Battles in Print from the archive. You can also narrow your selection by selecting a year below and clicking Go! Or return to the overall index

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Lifestyle & Society

Liberating the NHS?, Brid Hehir

Where do fathers fit?, Jane Sandeman

Refocusing remembrance , Ted Harrison

Rethinking welfare, Dave Clements

Take flight!, Timandra Harkness

Rethinking privacy, Sean Bell

The Empty Staffroom, Richard Swan

The Culture of Adoption, David Clements

Boozy Britain?, Bill Durodie

Out to play, Sue Palmer

Ethical shopping, Kate Soper

Festival Buzz

Eco-imperialism?

"The Battle of Ideas is where we can step out boldly where the angels – or should that be demons – of conventionality fear to tread."
Nicky Charlish, participant, 2009