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...


SESSIONS INCLUDE:

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, and Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator, 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 - THE PAST IS PRESENT
The novelist talks to FTWeekend columnist Janan Ganesh about Cicero, Dreyfus, the challenges 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 with the FT's Janine Gibson

LIVE LEADER DEBATE
Lionel Barber
debates the FT’s stance on the issues of the day - and seeks your thoughts - with the FT’s Martin Wolf, Gillian Tett, Brooke Masters 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

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

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