Susie Alegre – The Freedom to Think

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Human rights barrister Susie Alegre charts the history and fragility of our most important human right: freedom of thought. Connecting the dots that lead from Galileo to Alexa, from Papal edicts to global tech algorithms, she shows how the rich and powerful have constantly sought to influence and control what we think and how we act. Alegre launches an impassioned call for a recasting of our human rights for the digital age. A call we must heed if we are not to sleepwalk into an authoritarian future.

Chaired by Caron Gentry. 

Chosen as one of the best books of 2022 by the Financial Times and the Telegraph.

‘Fascinating… We have all sleepwaked into this gloomy fairytake, and its time to wake up’ – Guardian

Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Thursday 2nd of March. Tickets go on general sale from Saturday 4th March.
  • Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings.
  • Hearing loops are available.  Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply).

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Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre
Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


30 Apr 2023


4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

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