Tuesday, 9 June 2015

June Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We wish congratulate with musician Dee Sada for curating an awesome event last Sunday at Cafe Oto, Dalston, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the radical experiment at Kingsley Hall by RD Laing and colleagues. Wonderful contributions were shared by Luke Fowler, Dr Leon Redler, Dr Joseph Berke, The Bohman Brothers and a special "I LOVE them, for they are my Friends" performance with Dee Sada, Billy Steiger and an humorous Dr Berke. An excerpt of the evening can be viewed here www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1SLxTv6tZU

The conversation about the community of Bow will continue this Friday the 12th after the projection of the film/documentary Asylum, by Peter Robinson, at the Kingsley Hall itself. Confirmed guests for the panel discussion are Adrian Laing, Dr Shatzman and Francis Gillett. Doors will open at 6.30pm.

Also a gentle reminder for our monthly FEEL meeting, which is taking place next Monday the 15th.

I DOC Italy:

Screening of the documentary "The crazy woman next-door"
by Antonietta De Lillo. Introduced by poet and translator Cristina Viti

Date: Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Opening times: 6.30pm
Venue: Italian Cultural Institute
Organised by: Italian Cultural Institute
Free Event Booking Online

Poet Alda Merini tells her life in a personal and familiar narrative, fluctuating between public and private, lingering on the most significant chapters of her existence: childhood, womanhood, love, maternity and the relationship with her children, madness and the lucid reflection on poetry and art. The face of the poet and the details of her eyes, hands, and body create a portrait that does not hide the contradictions of one of the most important and renowned literary figures of the twentieth century. Alda Merini (Milan, 21 March 1931 – Milan, 1st November 2009) was a poet, writer and aphorist.

Cristina Viti's translation of Mariapia Veladiano's first novel (A Life Apart, MacLehose 2013) was the runner-up for the John Florio Prize. Other translations (including Elsa Morante, Erri De Luca, Amelia Rosselli) and poetry have appeared in a number of magazines and reviews. Her translation of the poetry of G√ęzim Hajdari is forthcoming from Shearsman Press.



Freud Museum and The University of Roehampton
20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX
Saturday 13th June 2015 Day Conference 9.30am - 5.00pm

Exploring the talking therapies in neoliberal society
Speakers from different theoretical perspectives address questions about the provision of talking therapies in contemporary society, and how it affects therapeutic practice.
-Is it important for psychotherapy to be 'critical' and socially engaged?
-Do psychotherapists do a disservice to their clients by not being so?
-Do psychotherapy trainings discourage critical thought and promote an other-wordly sense of psychotherapy and the ‘inner world’? -What models of 'mental illness' and 'mental health' are appropriate for psychotherapy in the 21st century?
-Have mental health services and the 'mental health agenda' become part of the ideological mechanisms of neo-liberal society?

This conference will be of interest and benefit to anyone involved in psychotherapy today.

Speakers include
Del Loewenthal, Julian Lousada, Ian Parker, Hugh Middleton, David Morgan, Adrian Cocking, Mari Ruti, Anastasios Gaitanidis, Julie Walsh, Tom Cotton, Jay Watts, Rai Waddingham.

For further information please click here
For online booking please click here
Registration: £60 / £45 concessions (£5 discount for members of the Freud Museum and students and staff of Roehampton University).

Pre-Conference Evening Symposium

The Many Faces of ‘Critical Psychotherapy': An evening of dialogue and debate
Thursday 11th June 2015
Time: 7pm – 9pm

Talks and discussion at the Anna Freud Centre exploring different notions of the term ‘critical psychotherapy’ and putting them into dialogue.

Del Loewenthal – Introduction
Michael Rustin – Work in Contemporary Capitalism
Steven Groarke – Psychoanalysis and Resistance
Andrew Samuels – The Activist Client

Registration: £12 / £8 concessions

For further information please click here
For online booking please click here


The British Psychological Society is pleased to announce the publishing of the BPS Good Practice Guidance on Hoarding

We would like to invite you to join us at the launch of A Psychological Perspective on Hoarding:

On Tuesday 16th June 3pm -5pm at the British Psychological Society London Office, 30 Tabernacle Street, London EC2 4UA.
The British Psychological Society requires everyone who wishes to attend to register online via this link: response.questback.com/britishpsychologicalsociety/dcphoarding/


How Come We Didn't Know?

A photographic exhibition by Marion Macalpine
Showing between 16th - 27th June
Mondays to Thursdays 9am-8pm
Fridays 9am – 6pm
Saturdays 9 am – 5pm

Highlighting the many different ways that healthcare corporations are taking over the NHS.

Marion is a Hackney resident and member of Hackney Keep Our NHS Public.
The Brady Arts and Community Centre
192-196 Hanbury Street London E1 5HU
Tel: 020 7364 7900


End Austerity Now - National Demonstration Starts at 12:00PM
Saturday 20th June Assemble 12pm, Bank of England (Queen Victoria St) City of London
March to Parliament Square Organised by The People's Assembly

There is no need for ANY cuts to public spending; no need to decimate public services; no need for unemployment or pay and pension cuts; no need for Austerity and privatisation. There IS an alternative. We need a government to reverse damaging austerity, and replace it with a new set of policies providing us with a fair, sustainable and secure future. We can no longer tolerate politicians looking out for themselves and for the rich and powerful. Our political representatives must start governing in the interests of the majority.



THE DIVIDED LAING or, The Two Ronnies

A Rehearsed Reading
Written by Patrick Marmion
Directed by Michael Kingsbury
Cast: William Houston, Alan Cox, Michael Matus and Laura-Kate Gordon

A surreal comedy about utopian ambition, the nature of madness and the seething mind of RD Laing " The Divided Laing" depicts the final days of the community at the Kingsley Hall.

23rd of June 6:30PM
Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, E3 3HJ
Free of charge
RSVP michael@spellboundproductions.co.uk


Friday, June 26 at 1:30pm. Meet at Streatham Memorial Gardens, Streatham High Road/Streatham Common North to march to Streatham Job Centre Plus, Crown House, Station Approach, London SW16 6HW

A mass protest against Lambeth Community Mental Health Services moving to Streatham Job Centre, and the establishment of the UK's first psychological therapies department at Streatham Job Centre - explicitly merging mental health services with the DWP's agenda of harassment posing as "Back to Work."

"Curing unemployment is a growth market for psychologists. Job Centres are becoming medical centres, claimants are becoming patients, and unemployment is being redefined as a psychological disorder."

- Organised by the Mental Health Resistance Network


: Second Gathering on the Politics of Technology
July 9-12 2015, Unstone Grange, Derbyshire
Organised by CorporateWatch, Scientists for Global Responsibility, Luddites200 and others

Come to Breaking The Frame 2 for a fresh conversation on the politics of technology. Join us in July for 3 days of workshops and campaign planning, plus music, food by Veggies, walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, hands-on activities and more

We live in a world dominated by technology and by systems created by technical experts. So whether it's where your food and energy comes from or if there is a right to privacy, almost everything in life is profoundly shaped by those technologies. Technologies do bring some genuine benefits, but because their design is almost entirely controlled by corporate and military technical elites, they tend to reinforce corporate power and destroy the environment. Breaking The Frame is based on the idea that everyone has the right to take part in decisions about technology, and that is crucial to creating an economically just and sustainable society.

Last year's gathering was supported by more than 20 organisations. Whether you're a technology politics campaigner, trade unionist, environmentalist, critical scientist, developer of alternative technology, artist or plain concerned citizen, Breaking the Frame is not to be missed.
Booking: places are limited, so you'll need to book in advance. We aim to ensure that no-one is excluded for reasons of cost.
For those who are travelling from London, a group will taking the 12.58pm train from St Pancras on Thursday 9th - we'd love you to join us.

There will be panels on basic technology politics/technocracy, democratic control of technology, alternative technology and the transition to an economically just and sustainable society.
Workshops run by leading campaign groups will focus on the technology politics of food, the workplace, privacy/policing, gender, energy, health, militarism, mining/infrastructure, etc.

For more information visit breakingtheframe.org.uk/btf2015/, contact info@breakingtheframe.org.uk or call 020 7426 0005.


Dr Bob Johnson & Peter Bullimore with National Paranoia Network
Present a Half Day Panel Discussion
Psychoses – the case for optimism
It’s time we –


(2) stopped relying on MIND NUMBING DRUGS, &

(3) re-kindled the HEALING HAND OF KINDNESS


(1) DSM-psychiatry isn’t working – 1 in 50 deaths is SUICIDE [>800,000 of 56m in 2012. WHO]

(2) All psychiatric drugs work by ‘INTOXICATION’alcohol [Myth of Chemical Cure p 244]

(3) More psychoses were CURED 1796-1850 than ever since. [Mad in America p24]

Panel: Dr Bob Johnson, Dr Eleanor Longden, Oliver James(stc), Peter Bullimore.

Chair – David Brindle, the Guardian
Saturday 10th October 2015, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Bloomsbury Suite, Friends House,
173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Rates: £15, concessions £5.00. Contributions/donations welcomed
Email: lindawhiting54@yahoo.co.uk Tel 07763652490/ 07590837694 – www.DrBobJohnson.org/audio

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