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Reading, Writing, Listening:

A symposium with Adam Phillips
With Josh Cohen, Howard Cooper and Laura Marcus

Saturday 1 December 2018 - London

Over the course of three decades, Adam Phillips has been exploring and expanding the boundaries of psychoanalytic writing. He has addressed topics from across the broadest range of human experience - among many others, flirtation, escape, sanity, the unlived life and 'unforbidden pleasures'. Yet it's not simply the intellectual richness of his writing that has inspired readers, but his unmistakeable personal voice - playful, paradoxical and profoundly humane.

But Phillips is first of all a psychotherapist, and this symposium presents a rare opportunity to explore connections between his writing and his clinical work. The day will be centred on a presentation by him, followed by discussions of his work and an extensive conversation with him, giving psychotherapists the chance to discover how his perspective on the page and his passion for writing might inform his presence in the consulting room (and vice versa).


Adam Phillips
Adam Phillips is a psychotherapist and essayist. Since 2003 he has been the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Sigmund Freud. He is also a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. His influences include D.W. Winnicott, Roland Barthes, Stanley Cavell and W.H. Auden... More >>

Josh Cohen
Josh Cohen is a professor of modern literary theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is the author of many books, including The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark... More >>

Howard Cooper
Howard Cooper is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice, Rabbinic Director of Spiritual Development at Finchley Reform Synagogue, a workshop leader and a writer. He is the author of The Alphabet of Paradise: An A-Z of Spirituality for Everyday Life and he blogs on spiritual and psychological issues and current affairs at More >>

Professor Laura Marcus
Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature and Professorial Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. She has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture. Her publications include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (1994/1998); Virginia Woolf: Writers and their Work (1997, new edition 2004), The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007), Dreams of Modernity: Psychoanalysis, Literature, Cinema (2014), and Autobiography: a very short introduction (2018... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £95 (SOLD OUT)
2 x Self-funded: £160 (SOLD OUT)
Organisationally-funded: £160 (SOLD OUT)
Under 25's: £50 (SOLD OUT)

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 4.75 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:45 End