Battle of Ideas 2013
19 & 20 October |
London
Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Academy of Ideas at the Barbican.
Speakers include
Raymond Tallis, fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences; author, philosopher, critic and poet; recent books include NHS SOS and Aping Mankind; chair, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying

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

Clare Gerada, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

Rebecca Jenkins, cultural historian and novelist; Royal Literary Fund Fellow; former writing partner of Bishop of Durham, David Jenkins

Anne Atkins, novelist, columnist and broadcaster; prize-winning journalist; regular contributor, BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day

Tom Watt, writer, actor and broadcaster

Jonathan Fenby, China director and managing partner, Trusted Sources; author, Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today

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

Xin Xin, senior research fellow, China Media Centre, University of Westminster; author, China's Soft Power (forthcoming)

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“The 2012 Battle of Ideas at the Barbican was the best ever. It was bustling with interesting people, punchy debates and new ideas. I can't wait for 2013's.”
Philippe Legrain, adviser to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

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