Novelist Elisabeth Russell Taylor in conversation with Ruth Barnett

Ruth Barnett and Elisabeth Russell Taylor

Photo: James Royall

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Venue: The Freud Museum

Date: Sunday 25 January 2009

Elisabeth Russell Taylor (pictured right) talked to psychotherapist Ruth Barnett about her writing. With particular reference to Tomorrow and Pillion Riders (a Virago Modern Classic), they explored the way in which fiction can take readers beyond their comfort zone, stimulating them to new ways of thinking.

Elisabeth Russell Taylor is the author of highly acclaimed novels and short stories as well as literary criticism, journalism, children’s literature and pieces for film and radio. Her numerous awards include a Wingate scholarship and grants from the Arts Council and Authors’ Foundation; the novels are translated into Dutch, French and Lithuanian. She campaigns actively for the right to assisted suicide.

Ruth Barnett came to England from Berlin on the Kindertransport in 1939 at the age of four. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has worked in private practice for 28 years. She is also Clinical Director of Raphael Jewish Counselling Service. Ruth also runs seminars on Holocaust education and genocide awareness for schools, therapy training and other groups.