Creative Writing from the Archive: R.D. Laing and Mental Health

We can think of Laing as a voice: Kooky, wise, sympathetic, abrasive, perhaps a voice, I think more and more, with a hint of Hume or Adam Smith in its cadences. To many, for sure, a voice of understanding – “Laing knows me far better than you: he speaks to me,” a patient, who’d never Read the full article…

Encountering R.D. Laing’s Archive: Mental Health, Care and Creativity (Call for Applicants, Creative Writing Workshop, Glasgow, 18 Sept 2014)

Encountering R.D. Laing’s Archive: Mental Health, Care and Creativity Creative Writing Workshop 18th September 2014 10am – 4pm Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library. Organisers: Cheryl McGeachan, Sarah Hepworth and Geraldine Perriam As Glasgow marks a significant milestone in its history of mental health care in 2014, being 200-years of organised psychiatric care in the Read the full article…

Luke Fowler’s “All Divided Selves” (Film, showing at Tate Britain, London, until 6 January 2013)

For those of you who have not yet seen Luke Fowler’s Turner-Prize nominated film on R.D. Laing (see Cheryl McGeachan’s review on the CMH blog), “All Divided Selves” will be showing several times a day at Tate Britain in London until 6 January 2013. See here for further information. Adrian Searle reflects on the Turner Read the full article…

The Inaugural R D Laing Lecture & Dramatic Reconstruction of the Dialectics of Liberation Congress (London, 26 October 2012)

THE DIALECTICS OF LIBERATION CONGRESS 1967: DIALEKTIKON 2012 The first bi-annual R D Laing Lecture  will to take place at The Unitarian Church, Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, NW3 1NG on Friday 26th October 2012 at 8pm. The lecture will be in the form of a dramatic reconstruction of the Dialectics of Liberation Congress held in 1967  with Read the full article…

All Divided Selves – Luke Fowler’s R D Laing Documentary Screening in Newcastle

Jarman Award winner Luke Fowler comes to Star and Shadow with his latest film, All Divided Selves (reviewed on this blog here). The film continues Luke’s inimitable investigation into the oft-maligned psychiatrist R.D. Laing. Coupling archival footage with the artists’s own filmic observations, All Divided Selves also includes sonic contributions from Eric La Casa, Alasdair Read the full article…