A SERIES of conversations considering some of today’s biggest issues will be coming to Salisbury Cathedral in March.

‘The Salisbury Conversations 2019: Crossing Divides’ is designed to make the public consider important questions regarding society, the future, politics, technology and more.

The line up includes a range of journalists, social commentators and observers taking part in conversation, as it is their industry that help influence our understanding of the world around us.

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Panelists including Jim Waterson (former political editor of Buzzfeed), Natalie Haynes (comedian and author of The Ancient Guide to Modern Life) and Leo Johnson (business disrupter and co-presenter of Radio 4’s FutureProofing series) make up just some of the line up boasting the powerful and influential voices behind the news.

On Wednesday, March 6, ‘How should we talk to each other?’ will explore how people exchange ideas about society, politics and the future, presented by Sophia Gaston, Jim Waterson, Nazir Afzal OBE and The Very Reverend Nicholas Papadopulos, and will be facilitated by BBC Wiltshire’s political correspondent, Dan O’Brien.

The following Wednesday (March 13) ‘What is a good life?’ will attempt to find common ground regarding what makes a ‘good life’, either between the public following a social contract or following an individual figure.

This panel will include Leo Johnson, Natalie Haynes, Harun Khan and The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, and is facilitated by principle of Sarum College, James Woodward.

The final conversation, held on Wednesday, March 20, entitled ‘How should we be governed?’, discusses what the government‘s priorities should be at this stage in the Brexit referendum.

The panel will include Tom Montgomerie, Grainne McGuire, Lemn Sissay and Elinor Goodman, the former political editor of Channel 4 News.

The Very Reverend, Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury Cathedral said: “The purpose of these events is to encourage us all to think about our future and how we can shape it.

“At a time when society is fragmented, Salisbury Cathedral offers a place in which to hold difficult conversations.

“This is in our DNA, after all: we are the keepers of Magna Carta, foundational document of constitutional liberty.”

Each session will be recorded in front of an audience and broadcast the following evening on BBC Wiltshire and BBC Sounds at 7pm.

The Dean added: “Our firm belief is that respectful conversation in this sacred space will allow people to discover common ground – to appreciate better those things that unite them, and to understand better those things that divide them.”

Each hour-long talk will begin at 8pm, for more information and to book tickets (£7.50) visit the Salisbury Cathedral website.