The Connecting Conversations blog

"He has no interest in the false story telling of posed photographs"

Martin Parr in conversation with Susie Godsil Here's an extract of what a blogger Do You Wish To Continue thought about our recent event Martin Parr in conversation with Susie Godsil:...
Posted by Volunteers, 18/02/2013

Leading Lights of Dance

At the latest in Rowan Arts’ Connecting Conversations series held in the iconic London Met graduate centre, the Ballet Boyz revealed much about their fascinating professional partnership and...
Posted by Katherine Redmond, 14/06/2012

“We think. That’s why we dance.”

The starting point of the conversation between ballet dancer Loipa Araújo and psychoanalyst Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra was the controversial film “Black Swan” which...
Posted by Polly Rodgers, 03/05/2011

'Adult writing is clutter!'

Anthony Horowitz is well-recognised as a page-turning children's author. In conversation with Peter Fonagy, however, he also proved himself to be a page-turning speaker. His ceaseless enthusiasm and...
Posted by Anonymous, 08/07/2010

'I wanted to sound like a streetwise Dalai Lama'

What is the reality behind the cult of an artist’s personality? On Sunday evening in Islington Town Hall, Grayson Perry and Valerie Sinason explored the creation of creative personae and the...
Posted by Anonymous, 08/07/2010

'If people think you can dance and not have a brain, they're wrong'

United by their appreciation of ballet and their roots in Latin dance cultures, Alicia Alonso and Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra met in conversation to discuss the driving forces behind the 90...
Posted by Anonymous, 12/05/2010

Tuning into 'radio stations of the self'

Our sense of self is often entirely mutable; life constantly lunges and surges in a way that makes us question who we are. In this conversation Andrea Sabbadini, who is heavily involved with the...
Posted by Anonymous, 21/01/2010

'I don't know what the hell I'm doing to tell you the truth'

Last Friday, Nicholas Wright and Helen Taylor Robinson elucidated the complex relationship between theatre and psychoanalysis. As a psychoanalyst with a strong literary background, Taylor Robinson...
Posted by Anonymous, 10/12/2009

Storm Thorgerson with John Woods

Dinosaurs and balloons

Even on a humid summer evening in July the Connecting Conversations event with graphic designer Storm Thorgerson drew a sizeable crowd, as evidenced by the extra seats that were put out last minute...
Posted by Anonymous, 21/07/2009

David Almond and Viviane Green

The shape of stories

‘Sometimes I wonder what is an adult book and what is a children’s book, and I’m not sure’, says author David Almond. Almond’s children’s novels tackle complex...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 23/01/2009

Al Alvarez and Ted Jacobs

Poetry and poker

Connecting Conversations with Al Alvarez was a warm and intimate affair. Tickets had sold out and the audience squeezed together in the elegant but pleasantly domestic surroundings of the Freud...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 02/12/2008

Michael Rosen and Hannah Solemani

Soul food

Jamie Oliver tried to do it for good food. Now Michael Rosen, poet, author and Children’s Laureate, wants to do it for good books. He’s been making a documentary for BBC4 to see if...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 06/10/2008

Helen Taylor Robison, Carrie Cracknell and Cara Horgan on the set of Hedda

A thoroughly modern Hedda

When director Carrie Cracknell and writer Lucy Kirkwood embarked on their reinterpretation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, they faced an interesting challenge. Ibsen's Hedda was trapped by the conventions...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 29/09/2008

A cartoon showing the Gruffalo on the couch talking to Freud

The Gruffalo on the couch

It's good to see that the Gruffalo is working through his issues. This wonderful sketch was drawn especially for Julia Donaldson's Connecting Conversations event by illustrator Axel Scheffler. Visit...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 22/09/2008

Mike Leigh and Andrea Sabbadini

The mind's highways

As well as being a fascinating insight into Mike Leigh’s filmmaking technique, his conversation with psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini was one of the most rigorous in drawing out the connection...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 01/09/2008

Is this love?

Perhaps appropriately for a discussion about physical theatre, psychoanalyst Phil Stokoe is standing on a chair. He is demonstrating the limitations of idealisation. ‘There is no movement on a...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 24/06/2008

Gregorio Kohon, Ignes Sodre and Leon Kleimberg

Laughter and loss

‘How do you teach a parrot to speak Yiddish?’ asks psychoanalyst Leon Kleimberg, speaking of the maverick, polyglot pet in Gregorio’s Kohon’s novel, Red Parrot, Wooden Leg....
Posted by Caroline Graty, 25/05/2008

Martin Waddell and Jenny Stoker

Learning to read

‘Every “quack” is different,’ said Martin Waddell. Enchanted by his readings at our latest Connecting Conversations event, I had bought one of his books, Farmer Duck, for my small nephew....
Posted by Caroline Graty, 19/03/2008

Lisa Appignanesi and Margot Waddell

What's on your mind?

‘When I was growing up people were unhappy, not depressed.’ Lisa Appignanesi was talking to psychoanalyst Margot Waddell at Connecting Conversations. She feels that the definition of ‘ordinary'...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 13/03/2008

Psychotherapist Ruth Barnett and playwright Diane Samuels

The ideal and the real

The Connecting Conversations series is providing fascinating comparisons, not just between art and psychoanalysis, but between different approaches to creativity. Take playwright Diane Samuels’...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 06/03/2008

Esther Freud and John Tydeman

The accidental symbolist

Though Esther Freud, speaking with John Tydeman at Connecting Conversations (25 January 2008), was interested in psychoanalytic interpretations of her novel Love Falls, her own perspective remained...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 20/02/2008

Andrew Motion and Denis Flynn

The sadness club

Whoever mistyped the Poet Laureate’s name on the sign in the venue foyer, renaming him ‘Andrew Notion’, made an apt mistake. December’s Connecting Conversations event with Andrew Motion and...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 03/01/2008

Ken Robinson and Barry Unsworth

Diving for pearls

For a mere mortal like myself, it’s somehow comforting to know that even renowned, Booker-winning novelists have anxieties about their work. Barry Unsworth is about to publish his 16th book but, as...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 09/10/2007

Ken Robinson and Brenda Maddox

What's in a name?

Brenda Maddox abandoned one of her own principles of biography writing when she tackled the life of Ernest Jones in Freud’s Wizard. Discussing her work at the latest Connecting Conversations...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 25/09/2007

Kate Grenville and Margot Waddell

Trusting the silence

For author Kate Grenville, creativity comes out of the dark, from beneath the surface. It is a leap of faith rather than an active corralling of thoughts; a passive state into which ideas and voices...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 16/07/2007

Lionel Shriver and Angela Joyce

Connection and disconnection

Connecting Conversations is a series of events at which psychoanalysts talk to leaders in other fields in order to make new connections; connections between ideas, between disciplines and between...
Posted by Caroline Graty, 18/06/2007