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Jasper Gibson and Jacqui Dillon, In conversation.
Fiction about Psychosis: Impact, ethics, effects
Wednesday 19 May 2021, 8pm – 9pm GMT via zoom.
An ISPS Webinar supported by Hearing the Voice, Durham University
To register your place, please go to https://fictionaboutpsychosis.eventbrite.co.uk/ .
Fiction is at the heart of human culture. Now is a perfect moment to ask what we need from it, and our storytellers. – Nathan Filer, Asylum (winter 2020) p 11.
Jasper Gibson’s The Octopus Man is a novel about a man called Tom who hears the voice of the Octopus God, Malamock. It is a novel about surviving what gets called psychosis and surviving society’s response to it. It is a novel about sisters and friends, about psychiatric incarceration and medication, about tests of faith and lines of flight.
What challenges do writers and readers of fiction face when it comes to stories about madness?
Jacqui Dillon – activist, survivor and consultant on The Octopus Man – joins Jasper Gibson to discuss how this novel came into being and to explore some of the questions it poses around ethics and imagination, literary license and personal and political responsibilities.
Jacqui Dillon is an activist, writer and public speaker and has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, hearing voices, psychosis, dissociation and healing. Jacqui has co-edited 3 books has published numerous articles and papers and is on the editorial board of the journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. In 2017, Jacqui was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Psychology by the University of East London.
Jasper Gibson was born and bred in Parwich, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He now lives in East Sussex and is the author of one previous novel, A Bright Moon for Fools. Jasper has been writing professionally for over twenty years for magazines, TV, and online. He is the co-founder of thepoke.co.uk, and co-creator of the satirical chat show ‘Tonight… With Vladimir Putin’.
Their conversation will be introduced by Angela Woods, ISPS Trustee, Associate Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University and Co-Director of Hearing the Voice.
The 12th World Hearing Voices Congress, Online, 1 – 3 September 2021.
“Solidarity in Times of Adversity:
The Global Voice Hearing Community Reconnecting”
Over the past 18 months, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented challenge across the globe, which many of us will have experienced as disconnecting, isolating, frightening, chaotic, overwhelming, and, at times, unbearable. However, the pandemic has also shown the power of solidarity when communities come together to offer each other support in times of adversity.
This year’s Congress will create spaces for voice hearers, family members, carers, practitioners, academics, and all those interested in the principles and values of the International Hearing Voices Movement, to connect and/or reconnect with one another in a post-pandemic world, either in person in Cork, Ireland or online across the globe. Drawing on two ancient Irish traditions, the Congress organisers aim to provide a platform (ardán*) to focus on the ways in which many voices can work together, supporting each other in difficult times (meitheal*).
*Ardán (pronounced ar-dawn) is an Irish word meaning platform, stage, but it is also used in the context of ‘raising one spirits’!
*Meitheal (pronounced meh-hill) is the Irish expression of the ancient and universal appliance of cooperation to social need, referring to the co-operative labour system in Ireland where neighbours help each other in turn with farming work, such as harvesting crops. It establishes community unity through cooperative work and mutually reciprocal support.
Jacqui Dillon (UK), will open the Congress, Rai Waddingham (UK), Cindy Marty Hadge (USA), Peter Bullimore (UK), Hearing Voices Network Athens (Greece), Adi Hasanbasic (Czech Republic), Kate Fiske (Australia) – The Listening to Voices Project.
Congress will have online format. Delegates will be able to access all the keynote presentations, all the online concurrent sessions, and all the networking sessions. See Registration details below.
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Registrants will be able to attend all keynote presentations, online concurrent sessions, all networking sessions, and all online events offered during breaks.
Intervoice Day (1 day) and Congress Days (2 Days)
Voice Hearers/Students: Sterling £45.00 or Euro €53.00
Practitioners: Sterling £65.00 or Euro €75.00
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1 September: Intervoice Day
2 and 3 September: World Hearing Voices Congress
Intervoice Day (1st September)
A day for people involved in the Hearing Voices Movement to come together, share experiences, and hear about new initiatives around the world. The day will consist of speakers, open space discussions about topics decided by attendees and the chance to share what is happening in Hearing Voices Networks across the globe. The Intervoice Day is organised by members of the Intervoice Board.
World Hearing Voices Congress (2nd and 3rd September)
Each day will consist of keynote presentations and concurrent workshops/presentations. We hope to provide opportunities for all time zones to have the opportunity to engage with the Congress.
In the run up to the BBC Horizon show – Why did I go Mad? – Rai Waddingham and I headed up to Media City to appear on BBC Breakfast show. We shared some of our experiences about hearing voices, talking about how they have become part of our lives and how we live with them. We talk about the importance of creating spaces where people can engage with their voices and make sense of them.
A rare opportunity to work with a trainer with both personal & professional experience, awareness and skills in understanding & working with dissociation.
• Greater awareness of the continuum of dissociative experiences.
• Enhanced confidence, responsiveness and awareness for supporting survivors of trauma, abuse and adversity.
• Awareness of effective short and long-term strategies for reducing distress and gaining control.
• Increased knowledge of working therapeutically with dissociative experiences and use of the DES-II.
• Greater understanding of the clinical relevance of dissociation.
• Acquired skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with survivors of trauma, adversity and abuse to help them reclaim ownership of their experiences and work towards recovery.
Suitable for anyone wishing to understand more about healing from trauma and working with dissociation, including mental health/social service professionals, psychotherapists and counsellors, voluntary sector workers, survivors and their friends, families and allies.
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The Beck Road Alliance (BRA) exists to support survivors of organised childhood sexual abuse on Beck Road, Hackney, and ALL survivors EVERYWHERE, to share their testimonies of surviving childhood sexual abuse.
BRA believes that by sharing our experiences, we’re showing the world that the reality of childhood sexual abuse is a global epidemic, which profoundly effects girls and boys.
BRA believes that breaking the silence about childhood sexual abuse is crucial in terms of healing from the impact of, and drawing attention to, the widespread prevalence of abuse. Our silence will not protect us. Only the truth will set us free.
BRA believes that it is the mark of a responsible society (and responsive services), to honour those experiences, support them and learn from them at all levels. Only then can we stop the cycle of abuse and prevent future generations from being left with the lifelong legacy of surviving childhood sexual exploitation.
Share Your Testimony with BRA
This is your chance to share your testimony, in your own words, on your own terms.
See the Beck Road Alliance Page to contribute your testimony
Sociologist Inger Agger and psychiatrist Soren Buus Jenwen describe the act of testimony as a ritual with dual purposes. When a survivor testifies, they both purge themselves of an internal ‘evil’, and bears witness to a social or political injustice:
‘The word ‘testimony has in itself a double connation of both something objective, judicial, public, or political, and of something subjective, spiritual, cathartic, or private…Thus the use of the word ‘testimony’…implies that the subjective, private pain is to be seen in an objective, political context’.
(Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma, Kali Tal. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1996).
Feel free to share as much or as little as you like, and to use your real name or to use a pseudonym – it’s entirely up to you.
‘I went from a whole, healthy little girl into a shattered mind’ ~ Abuse as a catalyst to psychosis
Dr Eleanor Longdon ~ Voices can be recruited as part of the healing journey.
Talking with your foe ~ Rai and Dirk explore the power of dialogue with the adversarial voice
Psychiatrist Sir Robin Murray in conversation with Dr David Strange.
Dr David Strange in conversation with Professor Richard Bentall for BBC Horizon
Professor Swaran Singh on the links between social marginalisation and psychosis.
Jacqui Dillon and Rachel Waddingham interviewed by Rachel Burden for BBC Five Live
- Intervoice Congress 202131/08/2021 - 7:18 PM
- BBC Breakfast: Jacqui and Rai talking about Hearing Voices on TV18/07/2021 - 8:07 PM
- Jasper Gibson & Jacqui Dillon in conversation at AD4E Festival05/05/2021 - 3:37 PM
- Jasper Gibson and Jacqui Dillon, In Conversation – Fiction about Psychosis: Impact, ethics, effects05/05/2021 - 2:45 PM
- Jacqui Dillon Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Psychology08/02/2018 - 1:04 PM