Author Gillian Slovo in conversation with Valerie Sinason

Valerie Sinason and Gillian Slovo

Photo: James Royall

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Venue: Institute of Psychoanalysis

Date: Friday 16 January 2009

South African-born author Gillian Slovo talked to psychoanalyst Valerie Sinason about her work, including her new novel Black Orchids and its themes of race, of being an outsider and the search for home.

Gillian Slovo is the author of an internationally bestselling memoir, Every Secret Thing, and eleven novels including Red Dust, awarded the RFI Témoin du Monde prize in France and Ice Road, shortlisted for the Orange Prize. With Victoria Brittain she also co-wrote the play Guantanamo: Honour Bound to Defend Freedom, which was shortlisted for an Olivier award and played in the West End and in New York, Chicago and Washington DC.

Valerie Sinason is a poet, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst specialising in trauma and disability. Her most recent edited works are Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity; working with dissociative identity disorder and poetry book Night-shift. She is Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist of the Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic and President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability.