Twelve strands run through the format of the festival weekend, allowing in depth examination of a subject. Select a strand below to find out more.
Battle for the Arts Knowing me, knowing you Making it in the 21st Century
Hot off the Press 2012
Battle for the Media Ethical Battles in Science and Medicine Battle for the Classroom
Urban Living Battle for Social Justice Under the Spotlight
Are we still a classless society Mr Cameron?
"The Battle of Ideas is a weekend like no other. I found the 2011 festival immensely stimulating. It gave me a great deal to think about, and a whole new list of books to read - from Virgil to Vygotsky. On to greater battles in 2012!"
Ken Macleod, award-winning science fiction writer; author, The Restoration Game and Intrusion