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 we should 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’ favourites such as the editor’s debate led by the FT’s editor, Lionel Barber. We will also sprinkle some mischief via a Fake News quiz, a maths test and an environment game...
10:20 - 10:50 HOW TO PICK A TEAM OF CHAMPIONS
As England's cricket team battle for the Ashes in the wake of the World Cup triumph, Ed Smith, chief England selector, talks to columnist Simon Kuper on handling egos
11:00 - 11:50 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
12:00 - 12:50 ROBERT HARRIS - THE PAST IS PRESENT
The novelist talks to FT Weekend 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
13:00 - 13:50 TRUTH AND JUSTICE - FROM THE NEWSROOM TO THE LAW COURTS
Emily Maitlis, Newsnight presenter, and Baroness Helena Kennedy, barrister, on conquering the last bastions with the FT's Janine Gibson. With a special appearance by Ben Okri
14.00 - 14.50 LIVE LEADER DEBATE
Lionel Barber debates the FT’s stance on the wrenching issues of the day – and seeks your thoughts – with the FT’s Martin Wolf, Gillian Tett, Brooke Masters and Sid Venkataramakrishnan
15:00 - 15:50 WILL CHINA RULE THE WORLD?
As Hong Kong slips further into turmoil, Ma Jian, dissident novelist, Isabel Hilton, author, Martin Wolf, the 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 new cold war
16:00 - 16:50 TOO LATE TO SAVE THE PLANET?
John Lanchester, novelist, and Farhana Yamin, lawyer and activist, with Environment Writer of the Year Pilita Clark, on the battle against climate change in the age of Extinction Rebellion
17:00 - 17:50 BORIS JOHNSON, BREXIT - AND BUST?
Tony Blair's former spokesman and campaign director, Alastair Campbell, Times columnist and founder of Reaction, Iain Martin, Irish Times columnist and author, Fintan O’Toole, columnist, Camilla Cavendish, and FT political commentator, Robert Shrimsley, on the battle over Brexit – and what next
18:00 - 18:40 CAN MATHS HELP DATING?
Lucy Kellaway, former FT columnist turned teacher, and Bobby Seagull, University Challenge competitor turned maths teacher, discuss the unexpected boons of teaching maths
18:45 - 19:30 THE END OF LIBERALISM?
Simon Schama and Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, Denis McDonough, with FT’s Gillian Tett, on what happened to the dreams of ’89, what next for Trump and why all is not lost. To the sound of trumpets by Colin Salmon
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