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First Tuesday discussion on current affairs
FIRST TUESDAY News Review on 3 October ( The First Tuesday discussions on current affairs aim to provide participants with a way of developing and testing our understanding of a range of current affairs topics; improving our journalistic capabilities so that we can write opinion or comment style articles for the regional or national media or blogs, respond with a thoughtful angle on radio chat shows, TV talk shows or maybe just have an interesting angle to respond with when discussing the news at work. The topics selected for discussion this month are: First Topic - introduced by Simon Belt ( ( Second Topic - introduced by Mark Iddon Venue and Time The Shakespeare Pub (,-4.064941&sspn=17.937521,39.375&ie=UTF8&ll=53.481904,-2.240052&spn=0.008491,0.019226&z=16&iwloc=addr), 16 Fountain Street, Manchester, M2 2AA at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start. There is a charge of £2.50 per person to cover costs incurred, which can be paid in advance by using the Eventbrite booking mechanism (see (, PayPal Donate button on the left hand side of Manchester Salon website (feel free to donate on top of the £2.50 ticket), and can also be paid for on the night if booked in advance by Emailing [masked].

The Shakespeare Pub

16 Fountain Street, Manchester, M2 2AA · Greater Manchester


What we're about

The Manchester Salon is inspired by the Battle of Ideas and a desire to bring some of the weekend festival of ideas to Manchester - at least between the annual Battle of Ideas festival.

The Salon organises discussions that move from problematic or tricky topics in current affairs one month, through morally difficult subjects of scientific research the next, followed by unpicking the tensions between the Arts and demands by Policy wonks. There's no interesting subject the Manchester Salon won't consider.

The aim is to capture the essence and nuances of the intellectual and moral problems facing society, challenge modern prejudices and debate solutions. With as many views as there are participants, discussions are often ongoing and carry on more informally in the bar afterwards.

The Salon discussions are fairly informal. Usually a couple of speakers introduce their take on a subject of contemporary importance, and then the debate is opened to the audience. A chair, moderates the debate to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to speak, and that all those niggling questions and differences of opinion itching to get out are indeed drawn out, taken seriously and responded to where possible.

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A small charge is made in order to cover the cost of room hire and any speakers' travel expenses, managed through advance ticketing which also helps plan capacity at the discussion venue.

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