FT Weekend Stage
hosted by FT Weekend’s editor, Alec Russell
The FT Weekend stage takes on the big and bracing arguments of the year, from Brexit of course in the countdown to October 31st, to the crisis of capitalism and how radical should we be in confronting climate change. Guiding and sometimes provoking you will be many of the FT’s leading writers and editors, including Simon Schama, Lucy Kellaway and Martin Wolf as well as guests including Emily Maitlis and John Lanchester. We will have festivallers’ favorites such as the editor’s debate led by FT editor, Lionel Barber. We will also of course sprinkle some mischief via a Fake News quiz, a maths test and an environment game...
HOW TO PICK A TEAM OF CHAMPIONS
In the wake of the World Cup Cricket triumph Ed Smith, chief England cricket selector, talks to FT magazine columnist and sports writer, Simon Kuper
THE EDITORS’ DEBATE
Lionel Barber, FT editor, with Mishal Husain, broadcaster, on tackling fake news and striving for balance in an age of outrage - plus the FT’s Fake News Quiz by FT Weekend editor Alec Russell
ROBERT HARRIS - MY LIFE IN WRITING
The novelist talks to FTWeekend columnist Janan Ganesh about the challenges and rewards of historical fiction - and his new thriller imagining a Britain forced back to a pre-industrial age
TRUTH AND JUSTICE - FROM THE NEWSROOM TO THE LAW COURTS
Emily Maitlis, Newsnight presenter, and Dame Helena Kennedy, barrister, on conquering the last bastions
LIVE LEADER DEBATE
Lionel Barber debates the FT’s stance on the issues of the day - and seek your thoughts - with the FT’s Martin Wolf, Gillian Tett, Brooke Masters, Neil Buckley and Sid Venkataramakrishnan
THE NEW COLD WAR - WILL CHINA RULE THE WORLD?
Julia Lovell, historian, Ma Jian, dissident novelist, Martin Wolf, FT’s chief economics commentator, and Nader Mousavizadeh, co-founder of Macro Advisory Partners and former Kofi Annan aide, with FT deputy editor, Roula Khalaf on the showdown between Beijing and Washington
TOO LATE TO SAVE THE PLANET?
John Lanchester, novelist, and Farhana Yamin, lawyer and activist, with Environment Writer of the Year, the FT columnist, Pilita Clark the battle against climate change in the age of extinction rebellion
BORIS, BREXIT - AND BUST?
Columnists Camilla Cavendish and Merryn Somerset Webb, with FT magazine columnist and editorial director, Robert Shrimsley on the looming showdown in parliament and the threat of a no deal Brexit
CAN MATHS HELP DATING?
Lucy Kellaway, former FT columnist turned teacher, and Bobby Seagull, University Challenge competitor turned maths teacher, on the unexpected boons of teaching maths - and set readers a fiendish quiz
THE REBIRTH OF HISTORY
Simon Schama, historian, and Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, Denis McDonough, with Gillian Tett, the FT’s US editor-at-large, on what happened to the dreams of ‘89, what next for Trump - and why all is not lost