Battle of Ideas 2011 29 & 30 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas, hosted by the Royal College of Art.
Speakers include
Raymond Tallis, fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences; author, philosopher, critic and poet; recent books include NHS SOS and Aping Mankind; chair, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying

Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator

Ruth Padel, poet and writer; author, The Mara Crossing and Darwin: a life in poems

Clare Gerada, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

Tim Montgomerie, co-editor, ConservativeHome; co-founder, ConservativeIntelligence.com; member, advisory board, Centre for Social Justice

Tom Watt, writer, actor and broadcaster

Martin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator, Financial Times; author, Fixing Global Finance

William Saletan, journalist, Slate; author, Bearing Right: how conservatives won the abortion war

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

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

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"A superb brainstorming of gritty brinkmanship. Totally mind-stretching and wonderful."
Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs correspondent

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