The ‘Other’ Hay Festival

How The Light Gets In is the UK’s first philosophy and music festival in Hay on-Wye which runs over the same ten days, 22-31 May, as the Hay Literary Festival. For the first time ever in the UK, music and philosophy collide as top thinkers, leading musicians and pioneering artists explore the issues that matter through debate, music and live performance. With the overall theme: ‘Crunch. Values and Belief in a new era’ the Philosophy Sessions examine where we are and where we might go from here. The festival brings together a celebrated cast of speakers including philosophers Simon Blackburn, Susan Neiman, AC Grayling, sociologists, Steve Fuller, Zygmunt Bauman, and political theorists Will Hutton, Phillip Blond, Geoff Mulgan. Evenings are host to musical sets from performers including Michael Nyman, Baka Beyond, Stephen Fretwell and many more; and daily comedy sketches come courtesy of the likes of Ed Aczel and Robin Ince.


Excellent Buddhist Podcast

Smith Taken from :

“Fredrick M. Smith from the University of Iowa presented his talk on “Indian Buddhist Sociolinguistics and Buddhist Notions of Possession: A Fragment from the Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa” on April 30, 2009 as part of the Columbia University Buddhist Studies Seminar series.”

The podcast is at

The Centre for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University (New York) has some excellent material online – start at its blog at


Baggini’s Philosophy Monthly

Julian Baggini, editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine and previous speaker at our University, has launched a new monthly podcast which is available on iTunes. Episode 1 featured a talk with the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks and Julian’s visit to the Hobbes festival in that sweet little Cotswold town of Malmesbury. The second edition has just come out and features an interview with the former Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries on whether Christianity is a force for good.

…oh, and while you’re at it, check out the Bristol Festival of Ideas podcast!