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Words at Kings Place

Words at Kings Place offers an eclectic programme of events offering a wide range of international writers from all genres. Kings Place is home to Poet in the City and Jewish Book Week (the UK’s second oldest book festival), which both draw enthusiastic audiences to their sell-out events. The regular Monday night events have featured novelists Julian Barnes, David Lodge, Ali Smith and Val McDermid, biographers Robert Douglas Fairhurst and Artemis Cooper, scientists Norman Doidge and Alan Ropper, economist Barry Eichengreen, essayist Raymond Tallis, Rose Tremain, Richard Dawkins and Ian Rankin, to name but a few.

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Hall One

John Bercow in conversation with Steve Richards

Friday, 23 June 2017 - 7:00pm /

The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, opens The Politics Festival. He will be in conversation with the political commentator and host of Rock‘n’Roll Politics, Steve Richards. There will also be a chance to ask questions.

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Women in Politics: The Labour View – Harriet Harman in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Friday, 23 June 2017 - 9:30pm /

There will be a record number of female MPs in the House of Commons after the General Election. How is the role of women in politics changing and what is the future for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party? Harriet Harman talks to Kirsty Lang.

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Hall Two

Political Cartoons with Steve Bell

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 12:00pm /

Award-winning cartoonist Steve Bell reveals the deep dark secrets of the world of political cartooning and his ongoing mission to tear holes in the clothing of the political establishment. Witness how he does it in a vividly illustrated political history of our times with accompanying voice and sound effects.

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What Just Happened and What Happens Next? Gavin Esler discusses with Ian Birrell, Tim Montgomerie, Philip Collins & Ayesha Hazarika

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 1:00pm /

After the most dramatic election result for decades, a panel of commentators seek to explain what happened, why they got it so wrong, and look ahead to the future. How long can Theresa May remain as Prime Minister? Will there be an early election? Will Jeremy Corbyn continue to surge? Is Brexit doomed?

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Europe and the Rise of Populism

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 2:30pm /

The populists are on the march – Brexit, Trump and the rise of right-wing parties in Europe suggest a pattern might be forming, the end of a more liberal and open era and the start of one that is more closed and nationalistic. Are mainstream parties and candidates starting to fight back? With the German elections coming up, what is in store for Merkel? French politics is shaken. What can British moderates learn from Macron?

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‘Brexit’ – Nick Clegg in conversation with Ian Birrell

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 3:30pm /

He has been Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Deputy Prime Minister and now seems among the most active opponents of Brexit. Nick Clegg joins us for a one-to-one discussion touching on some of the biggest themes of politics.

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What Next for the Conservative Party? – Nicky Morgan, James Cleverly and Tim Montgomerie

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 5:00pm /

After the dramatic election and a disappointing result, where next for the Conservative party? Are they still a One Nation party these days? What does that term mean now? Is the Prime Minister a One Nation Tory?

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Politics and the Media: Head-to-Head with Robert Peston & Matthew d’Ancona

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 6:00pm /

Robert Peston interviews Matthew d’Ancona, then Matthew d’Ancona interviews Robert Peston in a unique event. How did the media fail to spot the Corbyn effect? Can we trust them in future? Will they have to change the way they report?

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Michael Gove: My Life in Politics with Ian Birrell

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 7:30pm /

Back in the cabinet, Britain’s most controversial Conservative, Michael Gove discusses his time as a cabinet minister plus his leading role in the Brexit campaign and subsequent events.

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Owen Jones in conversation

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 8:30pm /

Owen Jones is a commentator and political activist, and the author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class and The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It.

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