In this second podcast, presented by the Bristol Festival of Ideas, George Miller looks back at some of the highlights of the 2008 Festival of Ideas.

Historian, Adrian Tinniswood, presents the second Museum of Bristol Lecture: 'The Historian and the City'. As regional chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Adrian has been involved in many Bristol heritage projects, and now, in the lead-up to the opening of the Museum of Bristol in 2010, he reflects on his own work as a historian, looks at ways in which historians have defined the city in the past, and outlines the vital role that history has in shaping Bristol's future.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson talks about the life and work of Bristol-born war poet, Isaac Rosenberg. Author of the first biography of Rosenberg for 30 years, she looks back at his childhood in Bristol and the Jewish East End of London, his time at the Slade School of Art where he met David Bomberg, Mark Gertler and Stanley Spencer, and his harrowing life as a private in the British Army.

Sebastian Peake, son of Mervyn Peake, speaks about his father's life and work with reference to drawings, paintings and designs presented in his new book: 'Mervyn Peake: The Man and His Art'.

This podcast is 30 minutes long (26MB), and is the second in a series that will be issued each month from now until autumn. If you would like to hear more interviews with selected speakers from this year's Festival, please visit our website at:

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