DETAILS of the line-up at this year's York Festival of Ideas have been announced.

Speakers will include Michael Morpurgo, former children’s laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Major General Gordon ‘Skip’ Davies, NATO’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, philosopher A.C. Grayling, Andrew Davies, screenwriter as well as BAFTA Fellow, and Guardian columnists Zoe Williams, Polly Toynbee and Tim Dowling.

The nephew of Alan Turing and trustee of the Bletchley Park Trust, Sir Dermot Turing, and Horrible Histories author Greg Jenner will also speak as part of more than 100 mostly free events on the theme of Secrets And Discoveries between June 9 and 21.

Joan Concannon, director of the festival and director of external relations at the University of York, said: "We created the festival in 2011, with just three festival partners. We are now working with more than 45 partners across the city and nationally.

"We share a passionate belief in the power of education and ideas to transform lives, and, that by working together, we deliver a festival that engages diverse audiences and demonstrates what a collaborative and dynamic city York is. We work together because in doing so we are stronger and more interesting.

"We believe that the programme has something of interest for everyone of all ages and backgrounds. But most of all we believe that we are a more interesting festival because our audiences are driven by an innate sense of curiosity. So for two weeks in June, join us to be entertained, educated and inspired."

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