Melvyn Bragg among top media speakers in Bristol

SOME of the most prominent media figures in Britain – from Melvyn Bragg to Peter Hitchens – are appear at the Bristol Festival of Ideas during May.

From small beginnings the Festival has become one of Britain’s most prominent intellectual happenings.

It features top journalists, broadcasters, philosophers and academics talking and debating the hottest topics in media, politics, ethics, science, history and more.

Melvyn Bragg, Simon Hoggart, Gary Younge, Will Hutton and Francis Wheen are just a handful of the big names appearing at the Festival during May.

Bristol NUJ has been talking to the Festival and we hope we will soon be announcing a joint event.

Meanwhile if you’d like to see:

Melvyn Bragg talking about the South Bank Show

Gary Younge on what it means to be British in the 21st century

Brooke Magnanti (better known as Belle du Jour) on the ethics of online and real life identities

Francis Wheen on Paranoia And The 1970s

Simon Hoggart on Do Statues Weep? The Importance of Skepticism

Peter Hitchens on How Atheism Drove Me To Faith

Peter’s brother Christopher Hitchens on his memoirs

John O’Farrell on An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain

… and many more, you need to go to http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/

Tickets are mostly just £6.50, £4.50 concessions. Events take place at venues including the Arnolfini and the Watershed.

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