Politics for Change

Politics for Change
Through the distorted lens of the media, often we cannot see that a great many politicians are genuinely trying to change the world for the better. The Book Festival is a place where politicians and audiences can share ideas about how to improve society, the economy and culture. This year brings together elected representatives from across the spectrum – individuals who are fighting for rights, interrogating our democratic systems and asking how and why a change is going to come. Plenty of other writers in the programme are crying out for change too and writing about the issues close to their hearts.

Mark Muller Stuart

War-War, not Jaw-Jaw

Saturday 11 August 11:00 - 12:00

When diplomacy fails and politicians turn to military action, how close do news headlines take us to the truth? Human rights lawyer and UN advisor Mark Muller Stuart gives an insider’s account in Storm in the Desert, shining a dazzling light on...

Jesse Norman

How Modern Economics Works

Sunday 12 August 12:30 - 13:30

Tipped as a potential future Tory leader and an advocate of ‘compassionate Conservatism’, Jesse Norman is here to talk all matters Adam Smith. Could the theories of the ‘father of modern economics’ still work today as the battle for the centre...

Hard Truths

Photojournalism from the New York Times

Sunday 12 August 18:45 - 19:45

The Hard Truths exhibition showcases 60 deeply personal and revealing images, each capturing social and political upheaval from across the world, including Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, the Philippines, Cuba and Iran. Join photographer Ivor Prickett and New...
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Luke Harding

How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House

Sunday 12 August 19:15 - 20:15

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Gordon Brown

First Among Equals

Wednesday 15 August 13:30 - 14:30

Linda Yueh

Stacking Up the Great Economists

Wednesday 15 August 14:00 - 15:00

You may have seen Linda Yueh talking economics on BBC World News and she’s here to tackle the great thinkers of the past and link their ideas to solving the financial problems of today. Yueh’s writing and broadcasting skills come to the fore as she...

Jesse Norman

How Modern Economics Works

Wednesday 15 August 20:30 - 21:30

Malachi O'Doherty

Dissecting Gerry Adams

Thursday 16 August 12:15 - 13:15

Gerry Adams will forever remain one of the most divisive figures in modern British and Irish politics. Malachi O’Doherty’s experiences covering Ireland as a journalist and growing up in Belfast during the Troubles leave him well-placed to analyse...

Roy Hattersley

A Life of Labour

Thursday 16 August 17:00 - 18:00

Roy Hattersley first stood for Parliament in 1959. Since then, he has been at or near to the centre of politics – and has also found time to write twenty-five books. Today, he talks to Alan Little about his years in government and opposition, the...