Our Literature & Psychoanalysis series kicks off this year with Gwen Adshead presenting on the topic of inherited guilt, as explored in P. D. James’s classic novel Innocent Blood (1980). 2020 marks the centenary of P. D. James’s birth and this event gets to grip with the psychological complexity and nuance of the author’s work. Dr Adshead will then discuss the issues that arise from her talk with series leader Arabel Charlaff and take questions from the audience. This popular series has limited availability so please do book early to avoid disappointment.
Dr Gwen Adshead is a pioneering psychiatrist and psychotherapist. As well as continuing to work part-time at Broadmoor Hospital, Dr Adshead also works one day a week at a women’s prison. She has a masters degree in medical law and ethics and has published a number of academic books and over one hundred papers. She was honoured with the President’s Medal for services to psychiatry in July 2013; an honorary doctorate from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2016; and she was the Gresham Professor of Psychiatry from 2014 to 2017. She is frequently interviewed in print and broadcast media and recently appeared on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs and The Life Scientific. Dr Adshead is writing a book on the nature of evil, co-authored with Eileen Horne and due to be published by Faber in 2021.
Arabel Charlaff is a psychodynamic psychotherapist, who has worked in the NHS, the higher education sector and private practice. Before re-training Arabel worked as an editor, literary consultant and ghostwriter. She’s the founder of Characters on the Couch, a service that uses psychoanalytic theory to help novelists create fully realised characters. She teaches at the Faber Academy and WPF Therapy and chairs the Faber Members Literature and Psychoanalysis lecture series.