Writer and director Stephen Poliakoff in conversation with Margaret and Michael Rustin

Stephen Poliakoff with Margaret and Michael Rustin

Photo: James Royall

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Venue: The Resource Centre, Holloway Road

Date: Friday 20 June 2008

Writer and director Stephen Poliakoff (pictured right) talked to child psychotherapist Margaret Rustin and sociologist Michael Rustin about his work, including his skill in creating offbeat characters and the importance of storytelling and family ties and secrets in his dramas.

Stephen Poliakoff is one of the UK’s most inventive and original writer-directors. He has won critical acclaim for his many stage plays (including Blinded by the Sun, which won a Critics Circle award for Best New Play) and films such as Hidden City and Close my Eyes. His highly regarded television dramas include Shooting the Past, Perfect Strangers, The Lost Prince, Gideon's Daughter and Capturing Mary.

Margaret Rustin is a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She has written widely on child psychotherapeutic practice and on children’s fiction and drama.

Michael Rustin is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic. He is the author and editor of works on a variety of psychoanalytic topics.