Novelist Gillian Slovo in conversation with Valerie Sinason

Photo: Ruth Corney

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Date: Friday 14 July 2006

South African born Gillian Slovo has lived in England since 1964. Her first novel, Morbid Symptoms (1984), began a series of crime fiction. Her other novels include Ties of Blood (1989), The Betrayal (1991) and Red Dust (2000), a courtroom drama set in contemporary South Africa, which explores the effects of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and which has been made into a film. Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country (1997) is a moving account of her childhood in South Africa. Her latest book, Ice Road (2004), set in Leningrad in 1933 was shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction. She co-wrote the play, Guantanamo-Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, and is currently working on her next novel.

Valerie Sinason is a poet, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst specialising in trauma and disability. Her most recent edited book is Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity; working with dissociative identity disorder (Routledge) and poetry book Night-shift (Karnac)

'I've done many platforms before but never with some-one who not only had read everything I had ever written, but also approached the work with such intelligent seriousness. The conversation that ensued, had, in place of that prurience that can so easily occur in public, an oh-so- rare, challenging, and simultaneously supportive, depth. I came out thinking I had learned something – I suspect the audience did too.' Gillian Slovo