Debate is the beating heart of HowTheLightGetsIn. Ideas are alive and evolving. At the edge there is rarely consensus.

We've revealed our first debates for Hay 2020! Each topic addresses a new Uncharted Territory in today's world, from the mystery of supersymmetry and the striking return of populism and protest, to the underbelly of the Internet and the fate of Western civilisation itself. Check out our first debates in full here.

The world's leading thinkers will be taking part on the panels.  Our first wave of speakers includes everyone from leading Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt and Momentum founder Jon Lansman to prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, children's novelist and science educator Lucy Hawking, and artistic director of the Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah. Meet our speakers so far here.

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