The following acts took part in Suffolk Festival of Ideas 2015.
George Monbiot – Restoring the Natural World
Festival of Ideas Launch
The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Launching the inaugural Suffolk Festival of Ideas, George Monbiot is one of the ’s leading environmentalists and a captivating speaker. George divides his time between writing for the Guardian and pursuing a number of quixotic projects: generally writing obscure books and campaigning for lost causes. His latest book is Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding. The evening will feature a talk and a question and answer session.
Bury Art Trail
As part of the Festival of Ideas and the Bury Festival 2015, businesses throughout the town centre will showcase artworks for sale by East Anglian artists. The Trail will encompass both the old and new areas of the town, involving chains and independent stores. Themes for the Art Trail exhibition pieces for sale will typically be environmental or reflectsome aspect of the hosting business. They will be clearly identifiable in windows, priced, with a brief description of the artist’s inspiration and credentials alongside the work.
Enough is enough
Featuring an expert panel
Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds
Join an expert panel, including Dr Dan O’Neill – lecturer in Environmental and Ecological Economics and author of Enough is Enough – to discuss a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth. Panellists include, Professor Rupert Read, a reader in philosophy at UEA and chair of the Green House think tank, The Right Reverend Dr Frances Ward and Jane Basham.
Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and rogues. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of debauched Tory grandees, maudlin commuters and leering tabloid paps. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey.
Luke will be supported by Jemima Foxtrot. Jemima blends powerful, sonic heavy poetry aboutmodern life with snippets of her favourite artists’ songs – as well as her own – in a belting singing voice that will knock you for six.
Walking along the waterways
Water meadows, Bury St Edmunds
Join the Bury Water Meadows Group in a guided walk through the water meadows that surround the River Lark and Linnet. This new community group seeks to re-awaken the interest of local residents in the fantastic heritage that Bury’s rivers represent. The rivers have been the lifeblood of the town for many centuries.
The walk is led by Will Cranstoun, one of Suffolk’s most active conservationists, who in his day job manages many of Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s fantastic nature reserves.
The walk will include the river path on the Leg of Mutton, a vital part of Bury’s riverside scenery, which the Bury Water Meadows’ group has helped protect from development in the town’s most recent plan to expand by 30%.
The walk will last between one and a half to two hours. The ground is fairly flat, but not appropriate for wheelchairs or buggies.
Time to reflect, time to create
Meeting House, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds
Sustainable Bury – Restart Party
The Apex (upstairs), Bury St Edmunds
Your chance to meet Sustainable Bury, the Transition Town action group for Bury St Edmunds and hear how you can get involved in projects in the area. Here the group, which is working towards sustainable future through ethical, social, cultural, economic, environmental and community action, will be hosting a Restart Party to prevent the needless disposal of electrical items.
Join Andrew Simms, member of the New Economics Foundation and author of Cancel the Apocalypse for a ‘Question Time’ style event on finding a new path to posterity that doesn’t destroy the planet. Also sitting on the panel is Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi, Professor Macroeconomics of Ecosystems at UEA and member of the prestigious Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; Shahrar Ali, deputy leader of the Green Party and Chamali Fernando, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Cambridge and policy advisor to the Coalition for an International Court for the Environment. Chaired by Mark Ereira-Guyer.
21st Century Childhood – is modern life damaging our children’? – with Sue Palmer
Meeting House, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds
Sue’s best-selling book Toxic Childhood (2006) sparked a national debate on the nature of childhood in the UK, leading to many appearances in the media as a commentator on childhood issues. It has since been followed by Detoxing Childhood, 21st Century Boys and 21st Century Girls and a revised, updated edition of Toxic Childhood was published in early 2015. Sue will be talking about how the modern world is impacting on our children and what we can do about it. There will be the opportunity to get copies of books signed by the author.
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
The winner of the 2012 Stonewall Journalist of the Year and 2013 Political Book Awards Young Writer of the Year, Owen Jones is a columnist at the Guardian and formerly at the Independent. His new book, The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It, was published in September 2014 and offers a biting critique of the British establishment and a passionate plea for democracy. Described by Russell Brand as this generation’s answer to George Orwell, the chance to see Owen in action is not to be missed.
Teresa Belton: Happier People for a More Sustainable World
Cafe del Mar, Bury St Edmunds
Based on her recently published book, Happier People Healthier Planet: How putting wellbeing first would help sustain life on Earth, Dr Teresa Belton, from the University of East Anglia, will talk about her study of people living satisfying lives of modest material consumption. She will invite the audience to explore through exercises and discussion the intricate, reciprocal relationship between personal wellbeing and protection of the natural world.
Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds
Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a sceptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
Travelling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.
For more information about the film see www.chasingice.com