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Poetry appreciation

LONDON W9: Poetry&Psychoanalysis conference

Date: Friday 9 June, 2017 - Saturday 10 June, 2017
Time: Friday 7 PM - 9 PM; Saturday 10 AM- 6PM
Price: £45 for Friday eve -all day Saturday, £10 for Friday evening, £35 for Saturday
Venue address:
Institute of Psychoanalysis, Byron House, 112A Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2BT

Publicity material for this event says:

The European Referendum and the U.S. presidential election have brought to the fore human anxieties about borders and boundaries, providing a platform for some to voice their fears and hatred. Clinicians often confront the boundaries that their patients cannot bear, judging precisely when and how to speak of what may be very private and deeply felt. The poet and the psychoanalyst try to reach their readers or patients, touch them, communicating what there might be no words for – working on the borders of something in order to illuminate rather than condemn.

The conference opens on Friday evening with a lecture by Annie Freud on poetry and consciousness; this will be followed by poetry readings from Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Berry, Paul Stephenson and W N Herbert. Saturday consists of a series of lectures, readings and panel discussions. The line-up will include: Karen McCarthy Woolf, David Black, Deryn Rees-Jones, Ruby Robinson, Joanne Limburg, Robert Peake, Sandeep Palmer, J.T. Welsch and SJ Fowler. Psychoanalysts and poets will explore psychoanalysis, creativity and politics, the boundaries within and the intersection between these disciplines.

Marjory Goodall -

Event website


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