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

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Arts & Culture

The value of poetry, Michele Ledda

What's the point of archeology?, Christopher Wakefield

Judgement in crisis, Chris Kerr

Criticism in crisis?, Nick Westbrook

What does music mean?, Sarah Boyes

"Books should remain the essence of public libraries", Andrew Wheelhouse vs. Kiranjeet Kaur Gill

Should art change the world?, Andrew Brighton

Can films change the world?, Josh Appignanesi

The Battle for the Arts, Colin Lawson

Festival Buzz

Creativity and curiosity: do we make stuff up or find it out?

"Disagreement has never felt more important and more enjoyable than at Battle of Ideas."
Jess Search, Chief executive, Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation