Battle of Ideas 2012 20 & 21 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Academy of Ideas at the Barbican.
Speakers include
KAS Quinn, children's writer; lecturer and educationalist; author, The Queen Must Die, first part of a time-travel trilogy

David Lammy MP, Labour MP for Tottenham; author, Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots

Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European studies, University of Oxford; commentator; director, Free Speech Debate

Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen's University Belfast

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, What's Happened to the University?, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Ferdinand Mount, author, The New Few: or a very British oligarchy; former editor, Times Literary Supplement

John Haldane, professor of philosophy, University of St Andrews; chairman, Royal Institute of Philosophy; author, An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion and Reasonable Faith

Stella Duffy, writer and theatre-maker; award-winning author of short stories, plays and novels

Ruth Padel, poet and writer; author, The Mara Crossing and Darwin: a life in poems

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"The Battle of Ideas is quite simply the single most impressive and intellectually challenging event I have ever attended."
Professor Neil McKeganey, director, Centre for Drug Misuse Research

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