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The Site: Hot Milk with Deborah Levy





Whilst the arts and psychoanalytic practices tend to remain distinct, the creative potential that plays between and across them is infinite. These ‘Occasional Events’ are aimed at exploring what contemporary artists and their work have to offer psychoanalytic thinking. In a way that moves beyond the transformation of art into a psychoanalytic frame to a dialogue and the rich contribution this has to offer contemporary culture.Douglas Gill


We are very pleased to announce the writer Deborah Levy will be joining Douglas Gill and Liz Guild to talk about her acclaimed novel Hot Milk, and the writing of it.

In this poetic and savage novel we encounter Sofia, beloved, beheaded, and Rose, the mother she has waited on and for all her life. They have come to torrid Spain in search of a cure. For what?

This is a story of mother-daughter bonds, of ferocious passions, of hypochondria, hysteria and memory, of free and unfree association, of the violence of the unconscious, of the holes and fractures in our lives and the stories we tell, of the power of words, and of medusa stings. Liz Guild

Deborah Levy is the author of six novels including Beautiful MutantsSwallowing GeographyThe UnlovedBilly and Girl and Swimming HomeSwimming Home was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Hot Milk was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize. She is also the author of a short story collection, Black Vodka, which was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as were her acclaimed dramatisations of Freud’s iconic case studies, Dora and The Wolfman. Levy has written for the RSC, and her pioneering theatre writing is collected in Levy: Plays 1. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Liz Guild trained at the Philadelphia Association and is a founder member of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She works in private practice in Cambridge.

Douglas Gill originally an artist and art therapist. Whilst training with The Philadelphia Association he co-founded Studio Upstairs, a charity and therapeutic arts community in London and Bristol. He is a member of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, in private practice in London and Bristol.