Festival of Ideas Launch Event

17th May 2018, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Hale Hall

Now in its third year, the Festival of Ideas 2018 will explore the prism of Equalities, incorporating the 100th anniversary of women of a certain criteria getting the vote, as well as responding to other current topics in the media. It aims to open up interdisciplinary debate about past injustices and what can be done to work together to formulate an equitable future society.

Join us in Hale Hall to discover what this year’s programme has to offer, with a special performance by the Edge Hill University Big Band.

The event will be followed by a screening of Hurricane Film’s latest documentary, My Letter to the World in the Lecture Theatre, Creative Edge.

Filmed in her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts, this documentary is an in-depth exploration of the life and work of American Poet, Emily Dickinson. Alongside expert analysis, the documentary features behind the scenes clips from Terence Davies’ biopic of the poet A Quiet Passion. My Letter to the World takes us on a journey through the seasons of Emily’s life in mid-1800s New England as we engage with her passionate relationships via her letters and poems.


  • 17:30 – Registration, Wine and Canapés, Hale Hall
  • 18:00 – Speeches
  • 18:20 – Edge Hill University Big Band
  • 19:15 – Registration for screening of My Letter to the World, Creative Edge
  • 19:30 – Introductions, Sol Papadopoulos and Professor Roger Shannon
  • 19:40 – Film screening
  • 21:00 – Q&A with Sol Papadopoulos and Dr Mari Hughes


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