Strands run through the format of the festival weekend, allowing in depth examination of a subject. Select a strand below to find out more.
Technological Innovation (audio available}
Defending Everyday Liberties (audio available}
Austerity Dilemmas (audio available}
Me, Me, Me Politics (audio available}
Eye on the World
Special topical sessions
International Satellite Events 2014
America: the twilight years?
"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick