Throughout the weekend, a special programme of informal conversations between Battle of Ideas speakers on topics ‘in the news’. These will be programmed in the days leading up to the festival to ensure they are as topical as possible. Details of issues and speakers will be published online the week before the Battle of Ideas and look out for details over the weekend.
All Hot Off the Press sessions are free and open to non ticket holders.
A crisis of compassion: who cares?
"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast