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Lewes Speakers Festival – literary festival, Brighton

Lewes Speakers Festival – literary festival, Brighton Image: Policy Press, University of Bristol

Lewes Speakers Festival returns to Brighton’s sister town of Lewes this week, bringing together it’s most extensive line-up yet. Showcasing some of 2016’s most vital publications, the literary festival welcomes speakers on a range of urgent contemporary issues; including the future of the UK Labour party, the importance of education and the arts, and foreign policy issues in Syria and beyond.

The festival opens on Friday 22nd July with Peter Hain and Ken Livingstone discussing the future of socialism, and Malcolm Rifkind and David Aaronovitch sharing their political memoirs. After an intensely political first day, the well-judged schedule moves towards the areas of history, arts and international politics – with particular highlights including former BBC Chief Economics Correspondent Hugh Pym on the banking crisis, Azi Ahmed on her experience as a Muslim woman training in the SAS, and political expert James Boys’ assessment of the future of Hilary Clinton.

The Lewes Speaker’s Festival takes place at The White Hart Hotel and The All Saints Centre, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July. Day tickets start at £35, individual talks at £12.50 and a full festival pass at £80 – for more information or to book, click here.

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