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The Good State – A.C. Grayling (cancelled)

Friday 22 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens
2 - 3pm
£12 / £10.20 conc / £7.50 under 26

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled

For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website.

The foundations upon which our democracies stand are inherently flawed, vulnerable to corrosion from within. What is the remedy?

Join internationally renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling as he makes a powerful case for a clear, consistent, principled and written constitution, and sets out the reforms necessary – among them addressing the imbalance of power between government and Parliament, imposing fixed terms for MPs, introducing proportional representation and lowering the voting age to 16 (the age at which you can marry, gamble, join the army and must pay taxes if you work) – to ensure the intentions of such a constitution could not be subverted or ignored. As democracies around the world show signs of decay, the issue of what makes a good state, one that is democratic in the fullest sense of the word, could not be more important.

‘Five minutes with any passage will have you contemplating all day’ – Independent

‘If there is any such person in Britain today as ‘The Thinking Man’, it is A.C. Grayling.’ – The Times

A.C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, the Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of Humanists UK, Patron of the Defence Humanists, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying. Website

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May 22, 2020 2:00 pm May 22, 2020 2:00 pm Europe/London The Good State – A.C. Grayling (cancelled) Writers' Centre Norwich –

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website. The foundations upon which our democracies stand are inherently flawed, vulnerable to corrosion from within. What is the remedy? Join internationally […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich