Novelist Gillian Slovo in conversation with Valerie Sinason

Photo by Ruth Corney

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Venue: Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS

Date: Friday 9 November 2012

Time: 1.45-3pm


Part of the British Arts Festival Association conference 2012. 

In her writing, whatever the setting, Gilian Slovo understands from lived experience the impact of external turmoil on individual lives. Here she discusses her work and reflections with psychoanalyst Valerie Sinason.

South African born Gillian Slovo is President of English PEN and the author of twelve novels and a family memoir, Every Secret Thing , which was an international best seller. Her novel , Red Dust , won the prix RFI Temoin du monde and became a feature film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ice Road, set in Leningrad of the 1930s, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her co-authored play, Guantanamo- Honor Bound to Defend Freedom played world wide. Her verbatim interviews with women politicians was part of the 2010 Tricycle Theatre’s Women, Power and Politics season. Her play, The Riots played to packed audiences in Kilburn's Tricycle and Tottenham's Bernie Grants Arts Centre.

Valerie Sinason is a poet, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst specialising in trauma and disability. Her most recent edited works are Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder and poetry book Night-shift. She is Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist of the Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic and President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability.

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