Author Deborah Levy in conversation with Valerie Sinason

Photo by Sheryl Tait

Listen to the conversation

Listen to the Q&A session

Venue: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA

Date: Sunday 2 June 2013

Time: 3 - 4.30pm

Tickets: £8 / £6 (concession)

25 years ago young poet Deborah Levy attended Poetry West Hampstead run by poets Valerie Sinason, Bernard Kops and John Horder. Today, award winning playwright, poet and author Deborah Levy and psychoanalyst and author Valerie Sinason pick up their conversation following the publication of Black Vodka, Levy's brilliant new collection of short stories. Themes of love, loss, disability, mortality will be discussed as well as the creative process itself. Levy reads from her work.

Deborah Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their "intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination", including Pax, Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Clam, Call Blue Jane, Shiny Nylon, Honey Baby Middle England, Pushing the Prince Into Denmark and Macbeth-False Memories.

Deborah wrote and published her first novel Beautiful Mutants when she was 27 years old. The experience of not having to give her words to a director, actors and designer to interpret, was so exhilarating, she wrote a few more. These include Swallowing Geography, The Unloved and Billy and Girl. She has always written across a number of art forms and was Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989-1991.

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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