Inaugural Suffolk Festival of Ideas focuses on the environment

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The inaugural Suffolk Festival of Ideas will launch on Monday, May 18 in Bury St Edmunds with a talk by renowned environmentalist and columnist George Monbiot.

It will kick off a weekend of events from May 22 to 24 - featuring debate from the likes of The Guardian’s Owen Jones and a town-wide art trail - to explore the ideas that shape our environment.

The festival will also tackle the contemporary problem of a hyper-consumeristic society head-on, with Newsnight-style discussions featuring commentators and theorists such as Dr Daniel O’Neill, author of Enough is Enough; Andrew Simms, author of Cancel the Apocalypse and Sue Palmer, author of soon-to-be-republished Toxic Childhood.

Other stand out events taking place across a number of venues, include an intimate performance from critically acclaimed poet Luke Wright (Essex Lion and Stay at Home Dandy) in the Smiths Row gallery and a screening of Jeff Orlowski’s awardwinning film Chasing Ice at Abbeygate Cinema.

A number of self-organising groups and schools are also putting on their own Festival of Ideas events over the three days, while local organisations such as Bury Water Meadows Group will be leading a guided walk and Sustainable Bury will be hosting a meet, greet and eat session.

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