The Poetry Society

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The UK's leading poetry organisation, founded in 1909 to promote the study, use and enjoyment of poetry, nationally and internationally.

Venue Type:

Association or society

Opening hours

Office hours 10:00-18:00. Poetry Café opening times: Mon-Fri 11:00-23:00; Sat 19:00-23:00.

Admission charges


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Word & Image - Psychoanalytic Poetry Festival

  • 12 March 2016 9:30am-5pm

In talks, readings and conversations, speakers from the worlds of poetry, film and psychoanalysis explore the power of images in memory, imagination and poetry. How is an image re-rendered in a poem, and how might perception be influenced by the poet’s internal world?

Sessions include:
Gerry Byrne on the transformational power of words and images in poetry and psychotherapy.
Valerie Sinason on the language of trauma and dissociation.
Mark Solms on ‘The Mind of the Artist’.
Eliza Kentridge, poet and artist, reading from and introducing Signs for an Exhibition, and in conversation with Mark Solms.
PoetryFilms selected by Zata Banks and introduced by the filmmakers themselves.
Maurice Riordan with a ‘poem on the couch’, conducting an in-depth analysis of a single poem, ‘Santarém’ by Elizabeth Bishop.
Pascale Petit on ‘Pained Hearts and Painted Sorrows’; how imagery and images filter pain; exploring the creative dialogue she has developed with the work of Frida Kahlo.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Anne Freud Centre
12 Maresfield Gardens,


£62 full / £46 concs (with £5 off for members of Freud Museum and/or The Poetry Society)


The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street
Greater London




020 7420 9880

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