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Reading the Mind: Notes from the Abyss

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Join neuropsychiatrist Anthony David and writer and poet Derek Owusu for an evening of insight and inquiry as they discuss mental health.

Do mental health problems lie in a person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances? What does it mean to be diagnosed with mental health problems? How do we approach an issue we don’t understand?

In his latest book, Into the Abyss, David draws from his career as a clinician and academic, using case studies to reveal the complexity of the human mind, stretching the limits of our understanding.

Owusu’s novel in verse, That Reminds Me, is the story of one young man, from birth to adulthood, told in fragments of memory. It explores questions of identity, belonging, addiction, sexuality, violence, family and mental health.

Anthony David is Director of the UCL Institute of Mental Health and honorary consultant neuropsychiatrist at the National Hospital, Queen Square.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Academy of Medical Sciences, he is co-editor of the journal Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and the book Lishman’s Organic Psychiatry.

He also wrote the introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of RD Laing’s The Divided Self.

Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster from north London. He discovered his passion for literature at the age of 23 while studying exercise science at university.

Unable to afford a change of degree, Owusu began reading voraciously and sneaking into English literature lectures at the University of Manchester.

Owusu edited and contributed to Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. That Reminds Me is his first solo work.

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 90 mins
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    • Mon 22 June 2020
      • 7:30 pm


Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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