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Nick Coleman talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Train in the Night - A Story of Music and Loss

Hay Festival 2012, 
An account of one man’s struggle to recover from the loss of his greatest passion in life - and to go one step further: to restore his ability not only to hear but to think about and feel music.

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Stephen Fry in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
A discussion about Dr Jamison’s definitive work on bipolarity, and the creativity explored in her Touched with Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.

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Maryam d'Abo and Hugh Hudson talk with Paul Broks

Rupture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actress suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2007. Her experience inspired a film by her husband, the director of Chariots of Fire, which gives hope to those who are isolated by a condition that is not seen and therefore often misunderstood. They talk to the neuropyschologist and author of Into The Silent Land. Chaired by David Gritten. The film plays several times on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bookshop Cinema in Hay. See also 221, 231, 243, 278, 376 and 434 for screenings.

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Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax and Monty Don

Talking About It

Hay Festival 2012, 
The President of Mind and his guests talk about depression, bi-polarity, and the language, literature and conversations that deal with issues surrounding mental health.

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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

The Woman who Changed Her Brain

Hay Festival 2012, 
The pioneer of neuroplasticity was born with severe learning disabilities. Undaunted, she used her strengths to develop brain exercises to overcome her neurological deficits. She has gone on to change countless lives and inspire Miraculous Transformations from the Frontier of Brain Science.

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The Royal Society Lecture: Astronomy and Poetry

Hay Festival 2012, 
There is a surprising amount of poetry with an astronomical theme. The celebrated astrophysicist, discoverer of radio pulsars asks: What areas have grabbed poets and how have they handled the topics?
 

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Frances Ashcroft

The Spark of Life

Hay Festival 2012, 
The physiologist gives a spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do. She takes in vampire bats, Viagra, chilli peppers and Mary Shelley.
 

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Ian Jones

Cardiff Series 4 - Motherhood and the Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Perinatal Psychiatrist analyses the link between mental illness and childbirth. The connection is long established in many cultures, with suicide a leading cause of maternal death. Understanding the link between childbirth and severe psychiatric episodes will bring enormous benefits for women who suffer, and may help us understand more about the causes of mood disorders more generally.
 
In association with Cardiff University

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Lucy Hughes-Hallet

The Pike

Hay Festival 2013, 

The story of Gabriele D’Annunzio: poet, daredevil and Fascist, who in 1919 declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern-day Croatia to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

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Barbara Sahakian

Cambridge University Series 3 - Bad Moves: How Decision-Making Goes Wrong

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Professor of Neuroscience discusses the process of normal decision-making – our strategies, biases that affect us and influential factors. She will describe the abnormal patterns found in patients with conditions such as severe depression, Alzheimer’s and accidental brain damage. Examining how the brain can be manipulated to improve cognitive function in these patients, she will consider the use and the ethical questions of ‘smart drugs’.

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Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe 1944–56

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag mines new archive material to chronicle Stalin’s brutal evisceration of the civil societies newly liberated from Nazi occupation as his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: communism. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Andrew Solomon talks to Rosie Boycott

Far From The Tree: A Dozen Kinds Of Love

Hay Festival 2013, 

An introduction to families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down’s syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, Solomon documents repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Andrew Solomon talks to Rosie Boycott

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Trevor Robbins, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Paul Howard-Jones and Barbara Sahakian

The Royal Society Platform 1: Learning And The Brain

Hay Festival 2013, 

How could what we know about the brain influence how we learn and teach? What are the challenges and opportunities?

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William Sieghart talks to Rosie Boycott

The Poetry Pharmacy

Hay Festival 2013, 

The poetry champion, force behind National Poetry Day and founder of the Forward Prize introduces his prescription poems clinic – connecting festival-goers with poems to heal and sustain them.

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Raymond Tallis

NHS SOS

Hay Festival 2013, 

We know we love the NHS. It’s up there with Shakespeare and the Olympics. And we all want to improve it. Prof Tallis argues that the Government’s Health And Social Care Act will result in the death of some of the members of the audience, will cause others to suffer, and will financially ruin many more – and asks what can be done… Chaired by Julie Grigg GP.

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Sadaf Farooqi

Cambridge University Series 5: What Makes Us Fat?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In an age of obesity where sugary, fatty food is available 24/7, will it ever be possible to control our appetites? The Professor of Metabolism and Medicine describes how the brain and not the stomach controls what and how much we eat; and how scientists are working to conquer the many triggers for overeating. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Deborah Christie talks to Rosie Boycott

Diabetes: Children, Adolescents And Their Families

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Consultant Clinical Psychologist addresses the issues arising from the fact that children and young people are increasingly among those being diagnosed with diabetes but only 1 in 6 of them succeed in controlling it, despite support from parents and professionals.

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Jay Griffiths

Kith: The Riddle Of The Childscape

Hay Festival 2013, 

There are huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle, in particular, has captured Griffiths’ imagination: Why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy – and why is it that children in many traditional cultures seem happier?

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Fiona Watt

The Rosalind Franklin Lecture: The Promise Of Stem Cells To Treat Human Disease

Hay Festival 2013, 

There has been an explosion of interest in stem cells within the scientific and medical communities and also among politicians, pharmaceutical companies, ethicists and religious groups. They may have great potential to treat diseases that cannot be cured with current medicines. But how realistic are those expectations? Chaired by Brenda Maddox.

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Simon Wessely

The Mental Health Of The UK Armed Forces After Iraq And Afghanistan: Myths And Realities

Hay Festival 2013, 

It’s now ten years since the invasion of Iraq, and the UK Armed Forces have been fully engaged in a decade of war. What has been the mental health impact? If you listen to many media accounts you might conclude that nearly everyone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan ends up in a psychiatric clinic, on the streets or in prison. But what are the facts? What do we know about the actual impact of deployment now, and what can we expect in the future?

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Ruby Wax talks to Rosie Boycott

Sane New World: How To Tame The Mind

Hay Festival 2013, 

The comedian, writer, performer and mental health campaigner suffered bouts of depression throughout her life. She completed her Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford in 2012. She explores how we sabotage our sanity, how our brains work and how we can rewire our thinking – often through simple mindfulness techniques – to find calm in a frenetic world. 

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Andrew Edgar

Cardiff University Series 3: A Moral Conception Of The NHS

Hay Festival 2013, 

An exclusive emphasis upon efficiency leads to a fundamental misunderstanding of the true nature of a national health service. Viewed as a ‘civil association’, it is through the NHS that we, as a community, express and put into practice our sense of morality.

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Simon Horobin

Chaucer’s Language

Hay Festival 2013, 

Assuming no previous linguistic knowledge or familiarity with Middle English, Horobin introduces us to the wonders of Chaucer’s language and the importance of reading him in the original, rather than modern translation.

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Bob Heath

‘You Say Goodbye…And I Say Hello’

Hay Festival 2013, 

The music therapist specialises in working with people at the end of their lives; he presents and discusses work created by his clients over the last 10 years. Chaired by David Barnard.

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Oliver James

Office Politics

Hay Festival 2013, 

The psychologist cuts a fascinating exposé of modern office life and suggests How To Thrive In A World Of Lying, Backstabbing And Dirty Tricks.

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