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What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness?

Richard Hamblyn, Toby Litt and Lily Dunn, from Birkbeck, University of London, have organized an exciting series of dialogues, culminating in an ambitious one day conference on ‘Creative Writing and Mental Health’.

The keynote speakers will be Prof. Kay Redfield Jamison (Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament) and Prof. Nancy Andreasen (The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius).

In the afternoon, there will be a panel discussion including Prof. Kay Redfield Jamison, Dr Sophie Nicholls of Teesside University, Prof. Nancy Andreasen (University of Iowa), and Dr Lisa Conlan of the Maudsley.

In the run-up to this, there will be public events at Birkbeck each Friday evening from 28th April onwards, establishing a dialogue between medical professionals (often with literary backgrounds) and writers (often with medical experience).

Invited participants include: Birkbeck Creative Writing MA graduate Suzanne O’Sullivan (It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness, winner of the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize); Lecturer in Creative Writing and former psychiatric nurse Nathan Filer (The Shock of the Fall); and Lecturer in Creative Writing and former psychiatric patient John O’Donoghue (Sectioned: A Life Interrupted).

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Funded by the Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund

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