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The FT Weekend Stage will host a range of debates and panels on the most topical issues of our age.

How to lead – from the rugby pitch to the newsroom
Will Carling
, former England rugby captain and Lionel Barber, editor of the FT, on the challenges of nurturing, coaching and keeping talent

The Editors fight back
Sarah Sands, editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, and Katharine Viner, editor of The Guardian, with Lionel Barber on how to tackle fake news, algorithms, populism and much more

A life in writing
Julian Barnes, Man Booker Prize-winner, talks to Jan Dalley, the FT’s arts editor, on his literary career and his recent novel, The Only Story

Ten years since Lehman: have we learned the lessons?
Camilla Cavendish, former Number 10 policy head, Gillian Tett, the FT’s US managing editor, Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator and Jamil Baz of Pimco, debate the fallout of the financial crisis with Brooke Masters, the FT’s opinion editor

Tales from the classroom
Lucy Kellaway reports back to Simon Kuper on her first year in teaching after a career keeping business leaders on their toes

Classics or coding
Martha Lane Fox, tech supremo, and Robin Lane Fox, ancient historian, on a battle of the disciplines – moderated by Lucy Kellaway

Live leader debate
Lionel Barber, Roula Khalaf, the FT’s deputy editor, Martin Wolf, Brooke Masters and Sebastian Payne, political columnist, debate in public the FT’s stance on the issues of the day – and seek your thoughts

Britain’s nervous breakdown
A special guest reads Ben Okri’s Brexit poem, before Robert Shrimsley, the FT’s political columnist, Camilla Cavendish, Luke Johnson, entrepreneur, Mehreen Khan, the FT’s EU correspondent and David McWilliams, economist, argue over Britain after Brexit

How to make it
Mishal Husain, Today Programme presenter and author of The Skills, and Gina Miller, lawyer, campaigner and author of Rise, share insights on women in leadership with the FT’s Pilita Clark

Trump – trumped or triumphant
Simon Schama, Gillian Tett and Edward Luce, the FT’s US national editor, on Donald Trump’s next steps and his prospects in the midterms and beyond

Book signings will take place after each event in the Exhibitor marquee


“It was a fantastic and memorable day - extremely civilised, inspiring and uplifting, all the speakers I listened to were terrific... I could continue for some time with my enthusiasm for the event!”
— Past Festival Attendee

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