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DAY 4: Understanding Stress: why happy dogs wag their tails to the right - Dalkey Book Fest

We’re heading into the twilight of this year’s book festival as Professor Ian Robertson takes to the stage. As he introduces the title of the discussion, why happy dogs wag their tails to the right, a dog loudly barks from the back of the marquee. “Okay, who’s the joker?” he jovially asks. Great to see so many here for Ian Robertson's event. Dalkey supporting its own! #DalkeyBookFest pic.twitter.com/mrUr5q5qFu — Dalkey Book Festival (@dalkeybookfest) June 17, 2016 Professor Ian begins by putting three puzzles to the audience. A group of researchers in Italy put......

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DAY 4: Jack The Ripper: An Establishment Cover Up - Dalkey Book Fest

The contrast between AN Wilson and Bruce Robinson is apparent the moment they open their mouths. AN is very upper crust British, appearing a gentlemen who would be concerned with all things proper and appropriate. Bruce Robinson on the other hand is the rock’n’nroll anthesis to AN’s restraint; a man who you imagine rather enjoys being able to give the middle finger to the establishment. Yet here they are, on stage together, with AN doing the host and Bruce doing the telling to discuss a common interest – Jack the Ripper. AN begins......

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DAY 4: Free Speech & Cultural Appropriation - Dalkey Book Fest

  It’s a full house in Town Hall for the panel on Free Speech & Cultural Appropriation. Hardly surprising given the panel; Marlon James, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Shashi Tharoor, Louise de Bernières and Han Yujoo. The discussion begins by asking is the freedom of expression absolute? Shashi says “I wish I could say yes but I won’t.” He doe believe, however, that if you “leave it to society to draw their own lives you often find yourself surrendering to the most intolerant.” He says that in India, more and more groups are campaigning for  “the......

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DAY 4: Captain Corelli's Mandolin and other stories; Louis de Bernières - Dalkey Book Fest

The weather is the gift that keeps on giving as we happily settle into the Seafront Marquee. Martina Devlin is interviewing Louis de Bernières, author and poet. She welcomes him to Dalkey and tells the audience that he has worked as “a gardener, a mechanic, a soldier and a teacher – but he is best known as a writer.” Louis most well known work is of course, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, but he has written extensively. Martina begins by saying his name is rather exotic sounding for an Englishman. “I thought, French, Italian” and......

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DAY 3: Understanding Your Genes To Take Control Of Your Health - Dalkey Book Fest

Dr Sharad Paul is a very special man. Not only is he a skin cancer surgeon and specialist, he’s an author, an evolutionary biologist and a professor. He’s the only person who has written fiction, non-fiction, poetry and medical text books. Out of the 150,000 skin cancer patients he has treated, 100,000 of them were pro bono. He is a man that does what he does out of a place of passion and care.  As the mercury rises, a crowd gathers at the Seafront Marquee to listen to Sharad demonstrate his medical expertise.......

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It’s normally only on match days and special occasions that you would see Finnegans pub packed with people at 11:30am. But such is the draw of the charming Sharad Paul and the unflinchingly honest Donal Ryan that the people here are sipping on juices and coffee instead of pints in the Dalkey establishment for their talk “Who’d be a Writer? Don’t Quit The Day Job.” They’re joined in conversation by Paula Shields. As we learn over an hour of conversation as spell-binding as any one of their books, being a writer is a......

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