Ella Whelan
co-convenor, Battle of Ideas festival; journalist and frequent commentator on TV and radio; author, What Women Want

Ella Whelan is the co-convenor of the 2019 Battle of Ideas festival. She is a journalist and author of What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism. Ella was the assistant editor at spiked and host of the spiked podcast between 2015-2018.

Ella is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and writes for the Sun, the Spectator, The Sunday Times, The Economist, Conscience and others. Her interviews feature in the spiked review.

Follow Ella on Twitter: @ella_m_whelan


Saturday 2 November, 09:30 Free Stage
Battle of Ideas 2019 Welcome Address

Saturday 2 November, 12:00 Conservatory
Drugs and the state: do as we say, not as we do?

Saturday 2 November, 12:00 Cinema 1
Who are ‘the people’?

Saturday 2 November, 14:00 Pit Theatre
Gross-out feminism: is the political now too personal?

Saturday 2 November, 16:00 Frobisher 4-6
Alexa, get rhythm: can computers compose good music?

Saturday 2 November, 18:45 Conservatory
Festival Reception and Drinks

Sunday 3 November, 10:00 Auditorium 1
Titania McGrath: satire in the age of social justice

Sunday 3 November, 12:00 Auditorium 1
From picket line to polling booth: what does class mean today?

Sunday 3 November, 14:00 Auditorium 1
The changing fight for women’s rights

Sunday 3 November, 14:00 Cinema 1
The crisis of trust in institutions