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Bristol’s Festival of Economics is designed to bring economic debate and discourse into everyday life. We caught up with Diane Coyle, a distinguished economist and programmer for the festival, to ask her why economics needs celebrating.


Talking Fracking

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood Fracking. Credit: LUSH

Fracking – the controversial process of blasting water, sand and chemicals deep underground to extract gas and oil – has encountered widespread resistance as exploratory wells spring up across the UK. Designer and activist Vivienne Westwood tells us why she has been in Lancashire protesting and why fracking is on the front line in the battle against…