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
Lesley Riddoch, journalist & broadcaster ; founder and director, Nordic Horizons; author, Blossom: what Scotland needs to flourish

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

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

Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator; author, A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays

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

Danny Dorling, The Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

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

David Aaronovitch, columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship

George Szirtes, reader in creative writing, UEA; poet; editor; translator; author, The Burning of the Books and Other Poems

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“The Battle of Ideas is free of that stifling British squeamishness about the serious discussion of ideas. It offers a rare chance to join the dots in contemporary politics and culture.”
Eliane Glaser, writer & broadcaster; author, Get Real

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