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11:00 - 12:30


Advanced ticket £ 18.00


Pavilion Room
St Antony’s College
68 Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6JF
United Kingdom

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dream sequences in shakespeare


Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been rescheduled to the 31st October 2020. We are offering full refunds on all of our events. If you are unable to attend on the 31st October, please email accounts to request a refund.


Meg Harris Williams will be talking about 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:


Tickets cost £18 in advance or £20 on the door and counts as 1.5 CPD hours.

Registration: 10:30 am, with tea/coffee and biscuits.


how to get there

By train: 22 -30 minutes’ walk or bus from Oxford Station.

By car: the nearest Park and Ride to St Antony's is Peartree OX2 8JD, from where you can take the 300 bus to just outside the College entrance.

accessibility:  The venue has full wheelchair accessibility 

disclaimer: The bpf will not be held responsible for travel/hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed.


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