Thursday 11 October

In Conversation with Ben Okri

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 20:00 to 21:30

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

Booker Prize winning novelist of The Famished Road and poet Ben Okri’s latest publication Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many, could not be more timeous.  Having penned his own devastating eulogy, Grenfell Tower June 2017 for the victims of the tragedy, Okri has selected 100 poems from around the world – from Bob Marley […]

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The NHS at 70 – Unsustainable?

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 17:00 to 18:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with The Open University in Scotland The NHS is 70 years old. Join Chair Pennie Taylor, journalist and broadcaster, and panellists Gavin Francis, GP and author; Sue Cameron, broadcaster; Theresa Fyffe, Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland; and Helen Puttick, health correspondent, The Times, to discuss whether Bevan and Beveridge’s vision of the NHS […]

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Film screening – Red Skirts on Clydeside (U)

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 13:30 to 14:10

Cost: Free but limited spaces

A fascinating documentary that looks at the process of rediscovering women’s history, using the 1915 Glasgow rent strike and key figures such as Mary Barbour and Jean Ferguson as a focal point. Tickets for these FREE screenings will only be available from the Festival of Politics ticket office 45 minutes prior to each screening on […]

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Red Clydeside 100 Years On

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 14:45 to 16:15

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

The 1918 Representation of the People Act extended the franchise at a time when Glasgow’s political radicalism, with rent strikes, trade unionism and social rights culminated in the Battle of George Square where tanks met 100,000 protesting workers. Join chair Monica Lennon MSP, Deputy Convener, Local Government and Communities Committee and panellists Maggie Craig, author […]

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Unelected Oligarchy – The Think Tank

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 14:45 to 16:15

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Think tanks have shaped policy and public opinion in Britain for decades; but what are they? Join chair Sue Cameron, broadcaster, and panellists Jane-Frances Kelly, Director, David Hume Institute; Rebecca Lowe, Institute of Economic Affairs; and Simon Duffy, Director, Centre for Welfare Reform, to discuss whether think tanks are the face of unelected corporate and […]

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Prejudice: Free Your Mind!

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 15.15 to 16.45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Why are some people deemed viable targets of abuse on the basis of faith, race, sexual orientation, disability and gender? How can political organisations and civil society challenge institutionalised discrimination when it pervades public bodies from schools to the labour market? Join chair Patrick Harvie MSP, Deputy Convener, Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, and […]

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Oh! What a Lovely War (PG)

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 15.30 to 17.55

Cost: £5.00

Described as exhilarating, emotional and technically brilliant – this free-for-all 1969 classic takes the tragedy of the First World War and redefines it as a bawdy music hall. Directed by Richard Attenborough, the all-star cast includes Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith.     British Sign Language (BSL) Available

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Living Outside the EU

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 17.15 to 18.45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Though the UK’s future relationship with the EU is still to be determined, countries such as Norway, Iceland and Canada’s relationships with the EU provide an insight into our future. Join our chair Ann Packard, Hon. Fellow RIAS, and panellists including Jill Rutter, The Institute for Government; and Lesley Riddoch, Nordic Horizons and author of […]

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People, Parliaments, Possibilities?

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 17.15 to 18.45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with Canon Kenyon Wright Memorial Panel For many onlookers the perception is that democracies are in turmoil, politics is shaken and disillusioned voters are rebelling. Proactive possibilities do exist though. From the crowd-sourced Icelandic constitution to the fearless municipal cities, a radical and existential reimagining at the heart of politics is emerging. Join […]

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Freedom to Offend

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 17.45 to 19.15

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with Battle of Ideas Free speech was once an unquestionable virtue but now it is explicitly queried. With universities potentially fined if they don’t allow freedom of speech on campus, how do we navigate this right with that of the freedom to offend? Join our chair Claire Fox, Battle of Ideas, and panellists […]

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The First World War – Re-Thinking Remembrance

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 18.30 to 20.00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with The British Academy The First World War established patterns of remembrance for those killed in war which were novel at the time. A century later, none of those taking part in observance ceremonies have any conscious memory of the events they are marking – and none actually fought in the war. Join […]

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What Next for #MeToo?

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: 19.30 to 21.00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

The #MeToo campaign exposed a catalogue of misogyny affecting all sectors of global society. Is this the watershed moment to instigate change and overcome inequality and sexual harassment? Join chair Kate Shannon, journalist, and panellists including Dr Joanna Williams, academic and author of Women vs Feminism; Diane Atkinson, historian and author of Rise Up, Women! […]

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BBC Question Time

Date: Thursday 11 October

Time: TBC to TBC

Cost:

The BBC’s flagship political debate programme, Question Time, will be held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament. This is the first time the programme has come from the main chamber of a UK parliament. Chaired by David Dimbleby, a panel of politicians, commentators and other guests will debate the issues of the week […]

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