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Talks

Tuesday 28th April 7:30pm

A History of Methodism in Cornwall

County archivist, David Thomas, will share his extensive knowledge of Methodism, with reference to archival sources held at Cornwall Record Office, including the Wesley brothers’ early visits to Cornwall and photographs of 19th century tea treats.

A Local History talk, brought to you by Falmouth Local History and Research Group.

Come early for a drink and comfy seats! Bar open from 7.00 p.m.  Book early – limited to 45 seats.

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)

Wednesday 6th May 7:30pm

Cafe Scientifique – Conservation Biology

Note; this talk, by Dr Regan Early of Exeter University, is to follow the screening of the film SEEDS OF TIME  (http://www.seedsoftimemovie.com/).  The film starts at 7.30 p.m. and the discussion follows in the Poly Bar at approx. 8.45 p.m.

Regan Early researches and lectures in conservation biology at the University of Exeter. She studies how species are changing where they live because of human activity. That includes how climate change is forcing species out of their habitat, and how humans are transporting species around the world, creating biological invasions that cause massive problems for wildlife and humans.

Her research has included frogs in California, birds in the UK, butterflies in the mountains of Spain, and ducks in the Yukon Territory. However she can often found bashing out computer code that models biodiversity across the world, and calculates effective means of conserving it.

Thursday 28th May 7:30pm
Theatre

An Evening With Vanessa Whitburn

Come and spend an evening with the longest running editor of any soap opera in the world!  Vanessa Whitburn was Editor of The Archers for 23 years.  She retired in 2013 after a distinguished career in both radio and television drama.  Headline grabbing stories during her time as Editor included Brian Aldridge’s affair with Siobhan, Ed Grundy’s fathering of Emma’s child while she was about to marry his brother Will – the press called this story ‘Who’s the Daddy?’, the imprisonment of Susan Carter for helping her brother escape from a prison van and the death of Nigel Pargetter.

During the foot and mouth crisis of 2001, Vanessa’s team won plaudits for their storyline concerning Brookfield under threat.

Under Vanessa’s leadership, listening figures to The Archers rose to over 5 million and in latter years the programme frequently topped the podcast charts. The serial also gained many awards including the Sony Gold, Mental Health in the Media and several Television  and Radio Industries Club awards.

In 2012 Vanessa was given an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, The University of Hull and in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list she was delighted to accept an OBE from The Queen for  services to radio drama.

 

Wednesday 1st July 7:30pm

Cafe Scientifique – The Function of Nonverbal Behaviour in Human Courtship

with Martin Graff, University of South Wales,

This session will examine the nonverbal communication which is displayed in human romantic relationship initiation.

Unless we are very bold, we don’t just walk up to someone and ask for sex.  Rather, most of us engage in well established scripts for this purpose, which in psychology means an idea of what we think or expect should happen in a certain situation.  These scripts are often nonverbal displays where we use for example our eyes, faces, body orientation and gestures.

This talk will also provide some insights into the psychology behind the types of ‘opening lines’ people use in attempted relationship initiation, and further will examine the function of self disclosure and touch in sexual flirtation.

The session concludes by looking at differences between males and females in what they seek in a romantic partner.

For more on Martin Graff: http://www.martingraff.com/index_files/Page313.htm

Thursday 9th July 8:00pm

Once upon a time in the West … Country with Tony Hawks

An epiphany happened when Tony Hawks was on holiday with his partner, Fran, in the Far East… Waking with a jolt he knew beyond doubt that his time living in London had come to an end. The countryside called. So, with conviction and no arguing, they upped sticks and began searching for the perfect new place, a home with a view across Devon’s rolling hills.

With some enthusiasm Tony and his better half submerged themselves in local life and it wasn’t long before they made the new county their home, tractor rallies and all!

This wonderfully wry, gently humorous and self-effacing look at a seismic shift in everything including scenery, takes in their new life – village halls, committees, Tony’s total ineptitude with anything mechanical and the bliss of a new neighbour who owns just the right tool for any job, trying for a greener life and growing their own vegetables… oh, and taking up the challenge of cycling from one Devon coast to another with a mini-pig called Titch.

As if that wasn’t enough, in their first year of country dwelling, Tony became a father (overcoming the strongest of instincts to avoid Responsibility) and with it they discovered hypnobirthing, midwives, doulas, relaxation songs and how to give birth at home.  As much a shock to his system as fatherhood.

As you might expect from this most energetic of TV and radio comedians and the author of Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (both of which have sold over a million copies) this is a joy to read.  His comic observations and opinions contribute to what is a gem of a book.

TV and radio comedian Tony Hawks regularly pops up on shows like Have I Got News for YouQIJust A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He is the bestselling author of five books including Round Ireland with a Fridge andPlaying the Moldovans at Tennis which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His books have sold over 1 million copies around the world. He now lives in Devon with his partner, Fran.  Follow Tony on Twitter @thefridgeman, or visit his website www.tony-hawks.com.