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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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George Brinley Evans, Phil Steele and Mark Taubert talk to Hywel Francis

Before the End – Telling Your Story in Time

Event 14 Venue: Starlight Stage

Two authors discuss how bereavement encouraged them to tell their own life stories against all the odds, in a society where men still often suffer silently. Historian and Professor Hywel Francis chairs Byw Nawr/Live Now, the end-of-life-care coalition in Wales. He talks to ex-miner George Brinley Evans and broadcaster Phil Steele. Taubert is a palliative and end-of-life-care consultant at Velindre Cancer Centre. They offer a clinical perspective on male depression and grief.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Simone Cuff

Could Viruses Be Good For You? - Cardiff University Series 1

Event 23 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

We all know that ’flu is bad for you. And Ebola. And Zika.  Why on earth are there so many viruses that cause such terrible diseases? And what does current research teach us about the fascinating rabbit-hole that is the world of virology?

Price: £7.30
 
 

Rosie Harding

Why We All Have a Duty of Care About Dementia

Event 45 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

We need a fundamental re-appraisal of how we resource and regulate care for people with dementia. Harding, Professor of Law and Society, exposes the everyday problems generated by the uneven implementation of the legal frameworks and the chronic underfunding of social care. She examines the everyday relationships between family, carers and those for whom they care.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Antony Feltham-White and Claire Worden, chaired by Bella Bathurst

Talking About It

Event 52 Venue: Cube

What do we do when the going gets roughest, and what on earth can we say? Rev LT Col Feltham-White is an army chaplain who has dealt with the full psychological cost of war both on the frontline and behind it. Worden is a farmer and campaigner whose father made an attempt on his life after the family farm had to be sold. With wisdom, humour and insight, they talk about when and how to listen.

Price: £5.30
 
 

Theresa Marteau

Cambridge Series: The Force is Not With You

Event 61 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Theresa Marteau

Many of us would like to lead healthier lives, so what stops us? The Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit explains why risk information doesn’t change our unhealthy behaviour.

Price: £7.30
 
 

David Mitchell

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism

Event 73 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

David Mitchell

The novelist launches his translation of the new book by Naoki Higashida. It’s part memoir, part critique of a world that sees disabilities ahead of disabled people, it opens a window into the mind and world of an autistic, non-verbal young adult, providing remarkable insights into autism in general. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Devi Sridhar

Governing Global Health

Event 113 Venue: Starlight Stage

Devi Sridhar

Governments, NGOs and corporations collaborate across the world on campaigns to respond to global health issues such as AIDS, Ebola, SARS and malaria. But how do you regulate these PPPs (private-public partnerships)? The Edinburgh academic and her co-author, Chelsea Clinton, analyse the accountability, effectiveness and sustainability of the biggest campaigns. Chaired by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.

Devi Sridhar is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £8.30
 
 

Robert Winston

Help Your Kids With Growing Up

Event 140 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Robert Winston

A crucial guide for parents and teens to the big issues of adolescence: from physical development, sexuality and sociability to cyberbullying and sexting. Professor Winston is the author of The Human Body, Superhuman, Walking with Cavemen and The Human Mind.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Kathleen Taylor

The Fragile Brain: The Strange, Hopeful Science of Dementia

Event 164 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Taylor presents the newest research into the cause and cure of the life-changing neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and dementia. She focuses on insights arising from the relatively new field of neuro-immunology: the increasing recognition of the important role of the immune system in the brain. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Carol Black talks to Rosie Boycott

Cambridge Series: How do drugs, alcohol and obesity affect people’s ability to work?

Event 176 Venue: Cube

These three conditions impose great costs on individuals and society. Dame Carol Black’s independent government review examines the challenges and the data; and she makes recommendations that could improve the lives of those affected.

Price: £6.30
 
 

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Cambridge Series: The start of life – how far should science go?

Event 181 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz is a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. Her passion lies in understanding how cells decide their fate for the very first time and how embryos build their architecture. This passion allowed her and her team to reveal the remarkable self-organising properties of human embryos, pioneering the way for future studies of human and mouse embryogenesis. She created a technique that almost doubles the time scientists can culture human embryos in the lab so they can study the beginnings of human life. It raises ethical issues about research on embryos and when an embryo becomes a human.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Claire Garabedian and Laurence Gardiner

Using the Creative Arts to Help People With Dementia to Live Well - University of Worcester Series 1

Event 200 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

There are estimated to be 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Garabedian is a musician and a researcher within the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. She is joined by Laurence Gardiner, an expert living with early-onset dementia. They discuss ways in which the creative arts can help unlock memories and encourage communication.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event W31 Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing.

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Alasdair Coles

Cambridge Series: Body, Brain and Behaviour

Event 221 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Once considered separate and independent, it is now clear that the there is an intimate, two-way connection between the two most complex body systems: the immune system and the brain. So our behaviour can affect inflammation in the body, and immune cells can alter our behaviour. Reverend Alasdair Coles, Professor of Neuroimmunology examines the implications. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Norman Ohler talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Blitzed

Event 233 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Norman Ohler talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The German writer’s astounding investigation shows that the Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines – or crystal meth. Everyone from factory workers to housewives, and, crucially the troops, used drugs. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making. Hitler and his entourage took refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Thomas Morris

The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations

Event 242 Venue: Good Energy Stage

For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late 19th century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. Morris gives us a view over the surgeon’s shoulder, showing us the heart’s inner workings and failings. He describes both a human story and a history of risk-taking that has ultimately saved countless lives. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Kourosh Saeb Parsy

Cambridge Series: The Future of Organ Transplantation

Event 266 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The consultant transplant surgeon reviews how organ transplantation is being transformed by innovations in organ donation, stem cell technology, bio-engineered tissues and machine perfusion of organs. He explores what is now possible and  discusses the ensuing ethical and legal dilemmas.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Mary Aiken

The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online

Event 277 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Mary Aiken

The world’s leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology analyses everything from the impact of screens on the developing child to the explosion of teen sexting. She examines the acceleration of compulsive and addictive online behaviours (gaming, shopping, pornography) and the escalation in cyberchondria (self-diagnosis online), cyberstalking and organised crime in the Deep Web. Cyberspace is an environment full of surveillance, but who is looking out for us?

Price: £7.30
 
 

James Edwards

Science of the Skeleton

Event 278 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join Oxford scientists in this interactive presentation as they use hands-on experiments and impressive dinosaur and museum specimens to highlight how the sciences of biology, chemistry and engineering combine to create a dynamic and multi-functional skeleton. How are bones formed and broken down? How does our skeleton differ from other animals? James and his team will dispel myths and discuss ongoing skeletal research projects investigating how diet, exercise and ageing affect our bones.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Svend Brinkman

Stand Firm

Event 291 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Svend Brinkman

The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting, constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. The Danish philosopher and psychologist argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and ‘stand firm’. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner self but in coming to terms with yourself in order to co-exist peacefully with others.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event W54 Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing.

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Bella Bathurst

Sound

Event 330 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Bella Bathurst

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. For the next 12 years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back. What does that teach you about listening and silence, music and noise? She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers; sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don’t. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed.

Price: £7.30
 
 

John Parrington talks to Daniel Davis

Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing will Transform the World

Event 349 Venue: Starlight Stage

John Parrington talks to Daniel Davis

Genome editing has already been used clinically to treat AIDS patients by genetically modifying their white blood cells to be resistant to HIV. In agriculture, genome editing can be used to engineer species with increased food output, resistance to pests, drought and harsh environments. But these powerful new techniques also raise important ethical dilemmas. To what extent should parents be able to manipulate the genetics of their offspring? Can we effectively weigh up the risks from introducing synthetic life forms into complex ecosystems? Parrington is an Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Oxford.

Price: £6.30
 
 

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event W61 Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided, wear comfortable clothing.

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Fiona Caldicott, Nick Partridge and Tony Calland talk to Jonathan Montgomery

Big Data, Safe Data

Event 358 Venue: Tata Tent

Fiona Caldicott, Nick Partridge and Tony Calland talk to Jonathan Montgomery

The NHS collects people’s confidential data to provide their care but how else is it used? Should people be able to opt out of uses of their health data for purposes such as medical research, improving public services or commercial uses? Dame Fiona Caldicott is the National Data Guardian for Health and Care in England; Sir Nick Partridge is the former CEO of the Terence Higgins Trust and Dr Tony Calland is a former GP in Wales. Chaired by Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Professor of Health Care Law at University College London.

Price: £8.30