Poetry and Psychoanalysis Conference: Creative Borders and Boundaries

Poetry and Psychoanalysis: Creative Borders and Boundaries

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Poetry and Psychoanalysis: Creative Borders and Boundaries

CONFERENCE - Friday 9th – Saturday 10th June 2017
Friday evening 9th June - 7.00 - 9.30pm.  Saturday 10th June - 10.00 - 6.00pm.

Venue: The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Ticket price: £45*

* Separate tickets available for Friday evening: £10 or Saturday: £35


‘In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.’

Bertolt Brecht


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.

In conjunction with the conference, we are launching a Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition, judged by Beatrice Garland. Shortlisted poets will be invited to perform their poems live at the event on Saturday 10th June. The competition has no theme and the closing date for entries is Sunday 9th April.  First prize is £1000, second prize is £250 and third prize is £100. 

Lunch and refreshments included.

For more information please contact Marjory Goodall: marjory.goodall@iopa.org.uk

Please click here for details about how to enter the competition.

Organisers:  Catherine Humble, Susanne Lansman and Kathryn Maris.

June 9th, 2017 7:00 PM   through   June 10th, 2017 6:00 PM
Sigmund Freud Lecture Theatre
Institute of Psychoanalysis
112A Shirland Road, Byron House
Maida Vale
London, London W9 2BT
United Kingdom

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Poetry and Psychoanalysis: Creative Borders and Boundaries £ 45.00
Friday Only £ 10.00
Saturday Only £ 35.00

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