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The Oxford Debates: The Loss of Britain SOLD OUT

Peter Hitchens and David Edgar Chaired by Stephen Law

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

12:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

Journalist and author Peter Hitchens debates his view that Britain has undergone a damaging cultural revolution since the 1960s with playwright David Edgar.

In The Abolition of Britain, Hitchens identifies everything that he feels has gone wrong with Britain since the Second World War and makes the case for the ‘many millions who feel that they have become foreigners in their own land and wish with each succeeding day that they could turn the clock back’. Hitchens focuses on the effects of television culture, increasingly liberal attitudes to sex and drugs, a loss of deference, and the corruption and decay of the English language.

Hitchens is also author of The Rage Against God and The War We Never Fought.

Edgar is a British playwright and writer who has had more than 60 of his original plays, adaptations and translations performed at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company (including Destiny, Pentecost and Written on the Heart) and around the world. His recent work includes an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a reworking of his 1983 play about political defection, Maydays, and an autobiographical solo show, Trying it On, which continues its British tour later this year.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, philosopher, editor of The Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think – Philosophy for Everyone and author of The Philosophy Gym and The Complete Philosophy Files.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden