Delve into danger
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Polemicist, orator and fearless social critic Christopher Hitchens brought a unique combination of wit and eloquence to his dangerous ideas. Public conversations that challenged the orthodox and discussed the undiscussable were a speciality and his opening speech at the first Festival of Dangerous Ideas was no exception. To celebrate the importance of dangerous ideas, we inaugurate ‘The Hitch’. Christopher’s good friend, Stephen Fry, will deliver a special keynote oration – a masterclass on the lost art of fabulous disagreement.
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Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round international treasure. He appears frequently on radio, reads for voice-overs and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and his latest, More Fool Me. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.As a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual gay and transgender people around the world is part of his 30-year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community. Whilst at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator and friend Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster. Fry has also appeared on screen as the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder and The Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. He has toured his shows globally, and was the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI.