The free public event will take place in the 5th floor lecture theatre of The Tavistock Centre, London, on 13 December 2017, and will include a psychoanalytic reading of Samuel Beckett’s Rockaby

Members of the Samuel Beckett Society (and the public) are warmly invited to the prizegiving presentation of the Hamish Canham (Applied) Prize on Wednesday 13 December at 6pm at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in North London. In memory of Hamish Canham’s exceptional writing ability, the prize aims to encourage new writers and thinkers in the field of psychoanalytic thinking.

This year’s winner is Maryam Ghasemi, a former student of the Tavistock and Portman’s ‘Psychoanalytic Studies’ masters course. Her paper is titled, ‘Rockaby: Eros and Thanatos’, and is a psychoanalytic reading of the short play by Samuel Beckett.

At the prizegiving event Maryam Ghasemi will present her paper and screen extracts from the iconic Billie Whitelaw/Alan Schneider production of Rockaby. The paper will then be followed by a discussion, as the attendees dig into the ideas and themes of the work that Maryam has surfaced.

This is event is free to attend.

Read more about the event and the prize, including the papers of past winners.

Reserve your place on Eventbrite.

Posted by:Rhys Tranter

Rhys Tranter is a writer based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is the author of Beckett's Late Stage (2018), and his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of books and periodicals. He holds a BA, MA, and a PhD in English Literature. His website is a personal journal offering commentary and analysis across literature, film, music, and the arts.

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