Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 2 Podcast

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

Lily Dunn, John O’Donoghue and Dr Lisa Conlan (Photo by Oscar Windsor-Smith)

The podcast from the second Friday evening event, which took place on Friday 5th May 2017, can be listened to here:


(Just audio, not video.)

Here’s a little information about it:

Dr Lisa Conlan and John O’Donoghue discuss Creative Writing and Mental Health with Lily Dunn

Lisa Conlan is a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has an MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder from King’s College London and sits on the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Philosophy of Psychiatry Special Interest Group Executive Committee. Lisa started the psychiatry book group Reading the Mind. She also helped start Art of Psychiatry, a group at The Maudsley Hospital which hosts events exploring the the connection between psychiatry and the creative arts.

John O’Donoghue is the author of Brunch Poems (Waterloo Press, 2009) and Fools & Mad (Waterloo Press, 2014). His memoir Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray, 2009) was awarded Mind Book of the Year 2010. He lives in Brighton.

Lily Dunn is a published author of fiction and creative nonfiction, teacher and PhD student at Birkbeck. She has been published by Portobello Books and Granta. Her critical work is concerned with questions around the perceived tension between writing for self-expression and literary merit. She is co-founder of London Lit Lab, and teaches creative writing, both within HE and to marginalised groups. She has recently been awarded an Arts Council grant to continue teaching a group of people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, through St Mungo’s. 


Funded by the Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund

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