York will be generating so many ideas in the next couple of weeks that its ancient walls will struggle to contain them.
The city will be in the centre of a perfect brain storm as the York Festival Of Ideas returns with more events than ever.
From international diplomats to bestselling authors, the festival brings together leading minds from around the world to debate issues around the theme Order and Chaos.
Star names include former children’s laureate and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo; co-creator of The Fast Show, writer Charlie Higson; and Anthony Horowitz, the creative force behind everything from Foyle’s War to the Alex Rider children’s books.
Here are a few picks from more than 140 events…
Festival of Ideas highlights
Powerful events on the shadows of war, from a guided tour of Castle Howard to the experiences of life during and after the Holocaust
Books and art
Murder They Wrote – an exploration into crime writing and the national fascination with enduring fictional heroes including Sherlock Holmes and James Bond
Food and drink
A day celebrating and debating food – discover food in Jane Austen’s novels at Dinner With Mr Darcy, hosted by Bettys, talks on sustainability and the future of food and learn the science behind the traditional cream tea
Science and health
A city centre marquee demonstrating ‘science out of the lab’ bringing a range of scientific experiments to the streets of York
The topic of healthcare and how we deal with illness, sponsored by the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders, including an event on the relationship between poetry and illness at the York Theatre Royal
A series of events on ‘Economic growth for the many not the few’ with leading policymakers, business leaders and economists discussing money markets from ancient Rome to predicting the next global financial crash
Music and shows
Sport and transport
The order and chaos of the railways, from Victorian planning to a day in the life of a porter at the National Railway Museum