Catch Up on the Free Thinking Festival 2019

Free Thinking Festival 2019 flier and brochureIn case you missed it BBC Radio 3’s annual Free Thinking Festival took place at Sage Gateshead from 29-31 March. This year’s theme was emotions and the programmes featured will appeal to those of you studying Community and Youth WorkCreative Writing, CriminologyEnglish Literature, History, PoliticsSocial Work and Sociology.

If you missed taking part in the festival then Radio 3 is currently broadcasting the sessions from Monday to Thursday. You will be able to listen to them through the Free Thinking Festival page.

Here are some of the sessions from this year’s festival that Radio 3 broadcasted last week:

Anxiety and the Teenage Brain investigates the affects of pressure and social media

Crimes of Passion – looks at murder in fact and fiction

Being Diplomatic – explores how much of your feelings you should show as a diplomat

and now for a taster of  Free Thinking episodes coming up this week:

The Way we used to Feel –  focuses on what human remains can tell us about how people felt in the past from neanderthals to Tudors (Wed 10 April @ 2200)

The Unsaid – an author, journalist and film maker discuss why sometimes people can’t say what they want  (Thu 11 April)

Additionally The Verb on Fridays is also broadcasting programmes recorded at Sage as part of the the Free Thinking Festival. Why not listen to this week’s

A Writer’s Emotions – a poet, author and musicians focus on feelings  (Fri 12 April)

A previous Verb session Leonard Cohen aired on on 5 April examines emotion in Cohen’s writing

The New Generation Thinkers’ sessions from the Free Thinking Festival are coming out on broadcasts of The Essay. The New Generation Thinkers are new academics/researchers selected and funded by the Arts and Humanities Council each year to learn broadcasting skills to communicate Higher Education research to a wider public audience. BBC Radio 3 and its Free Thinking Festival provide the stage for them to share this research and debate. Catch Lisa Mullen discussing Who Wrote Animal Farm? which examines George Orwell’s wife Eileen Blair’s influence on his work on Tuesday 9 April at 2245.

Look out for the festival next year – attendance is free and you can either book places in advance or turn up on the day. University of Sunderland Spark Radio were at this year’s festival.



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