The Forum

The home of deep discussion, fearsome debate, laughs and late-night music

The flagship speakers' tent at the heart of the festival. Convene at The Forum to hear talks, debates and discussions. Here we ask BIG, thought-provoking questions, we look for answers and inspiration, we challenge the norms, we laugh, and we learn. With previous headliners including Sir Anthony Gormley, Ruby Wax, Vince Cable, Lola Olufemi, Richard Dawkins, Dolly Alderton and Sir Phillip Pullman to name but a few - bring an open mind, a drink or two and settle in as you can stay until night falls when headline comedians and jazz music take over the programme. We believe the old adage that there is no such thing as a bad pupil – only uncomfortable seats and a lack of decent cocktails.


Brave Poets

Sara Pascoe

Elizabeth Day

Sathnam Sanghera

Desiree Burch

Munroe Bergdorf

Gaia Vince

How To Academy

The Conduit


Carla Denyer

Lloyd Griffith

Sunday Papers Live

State Of The Nation

Hannah MacInnes

Jane Cornwell

Ed Gillespie

WOW - Women Of The World

Sunday Night Comedy Club

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