Famous lineup of activists, academics and entertainers announced at Malvern's Festival of Ideas - The Malvern Observer

Famous lineup of activists, academics and entertainers announced at Malvern's Festival of Ideas

MALVERN’S Festival of Ideas programme for 2023 has been launched, with a famous lineup of special guests.

The concept of this year’s event – called ‘As Time Goes By’ – is to explore the concept of being a good ancestor as well as examine how we handle the legacies handed down to us.

This year the event will feature leading figures from academia, politics, activism and entertainment, as well as a family programme of philosophy, art and science.

Talks from the famous poet, writer, lyricist, musician and actor, Benjamin Zephaniah with award-winning Black Country poet, Liz Berry, about racism, Black Liberation and revolution, along with special guests Alice Roberts an author and broadcaster speaking on Archaeology in the Age of Genetics.

The program also includes special appearances from Afua Hagan, one of the leading voices on diversity in Britain, writer and campaigner, Melissa Benn, in conversation with social historian, Jane Martin, Priyamvada Gopal, Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Cambridge, Philosopher Andy West, writer Amelia Abraham and Rob Hopkins, an activist and writer on environmental issues.

Chair of the Organising Team, Andrew Webb, said: “This year we have a very exciting and varied programme.

“It is a wonderful event for the community.

“In addition to a very full programme of talks, conversations and performances and we have introduced some smaller sessions where participants can explore the themes of the weekend in different ways.

“We also have an event for schools with the poet Michael Rosen – already fully booked.”

The event will take place on March 3 and 5, at Malvern St James Girls’ School.

Visit malvernfestivalofideas.org.uk for more information and to book a ticket.


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