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dream sequences in shakespeare

bpf Wessex Public Event - Presented by Meg Harris Williams

On Saturday 31 October, bpf Wessex present Meg Harris Williams's paper on 'Dream Sequences in Shakespeare'. This deeply personal, psychoanalytic account of Shakespeare's work launches Meg's book on the subject, to be published in November. 

Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this bpf Wessex event was postponed in April because of the Coronavirus outbreak and was rescheduled to the 31st October 2020. Tickets bought then and not refunded will be honoured. Please let the bpf Wessex administrator know if this is the case and you plan to attend in October.

Meg Harris Williams will be launching her forthcoming book "Dream Sequences in Shakespeare", from both a literary perspective and the modern psychoanalytic one, which considers true thinking to have its roots in dreams and unconscious phantasy. Shakespeare’s plays often contain dreams and some are well known as ‘dream-plays’; but there is also a level on which almost all the plays are driven by an underlying dream that is worked out through the poetic and dramatic structure. These are dreams about personality development that transcend their contemporary culture, making the playwright ‘not of an age but for all time’, in which the exploratory nature of his art connects most deeply with our own emotional vicissitudes. Following Shakespeare’s intuitive psychoanalytical method we find our own conflicts both clarified and potentially resolved.

This event is organised by the bpf  Wessex.


about the speaker

Meg Harris Williams has published many articles in psychoanalytic and literary journals on the relation between psychoanalysis, art and literature. She is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic and for AGIP (Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy), and an Honorary Member of the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She is editor of The Harris Meltzer Trust. Her books include "The Chamber of Maiden Thought", "The Vale of Soulmaking", "The Aesthetic Development", "Hamlet in Analysis", "The Becoming Room: Filming Bion's Memoir of the Future", and "The Art of Personality in Literature and Psychoanalysis".

Dream Sequences in Shakespeare will be published this year by Routledge. Website:

Please note: This is a Zoom event and counts as 1.5 CPD hours. Tickets are priced at £12.


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