Sophie Mackintosh’s fiction, essays and poetry have been published by Granta, the White Review, the New York Times and the Stinging Fly, among others. Her debut novel The Water Cure was published by Hamish Hamilton in the UK in Spring 2018 and by Doubleday in the US in early 2019, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Her second novel Blue Ticket will be published in Spring 2020.
Arabel Charlaff is an experienced and accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist, who has worked in the NHS, the higher education sector and in private practice. Before re-training she worked as an editor, literary consultant and ghost writer. She is particularly interested in the ways in which fiction and psychoanalysis can speak to and of each other, and the rewards to be found in such a conversation. It was to this end that she founded Characters on the Couch, a service which combines clinical and editorial expertise in order to help novelists create fully-realised characters. She teaches at the Faber Academy and at WPF Therapy.