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Ragged University: ‘News Stories and Popular Fiction’ plus ‘From the Problems of Our Nature’ @ The Castle Hotel
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'News Stories and Popular Fiction' plus 'From the Problems of Our Nature' @ The Castle Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and a talk about how news stories reflect on popular fiction plus alternative views in mental health…


The first talk is:

News Stories and Popular Fiction by Julian Edge

I’ve always wondered if I could write fiction. I mean, inventing characters and having them populate a context in ways that other people will want to read about? Over the years, I once or twice thought of interesting set-ups for a novel, but never followed them through. I started to develop a story, a fiction, something that did not relate to any real people, no, but which did, yes, draw on the documented fact that such events as I was imagining, and my characters were experiencing, were, in principle, possible.

None of it is “true.” It’s all made up. But it’s made up against the backdrop of some basic events that occurred. Is that permissible? Where does that leave the possibly injured feelings of some of the real people about whom I am not writing, but whose actions created a news context that fed the creation of the story?…



During the break there is a chance to share food, conversation and a bite to eat.  Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, as well as take away what is left at the end.  The second talk follows the break:


From the Problems of Our Nature, to The Nature of our Problems by Rowland Urey

Having been involved greatly in championing a re-reading of the evidence bases for views and approaches, in particular for what gets treated as Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, I want to put forward that there is something fundamental missing from how we are understanding people caught up with these clinical terms and labels.

I argue that there as emerged in the last few years that there is absolutely no evidence base in Mental Health Universally for The Brain Disease, Medical Model which underpins psychiatric interventions and practice. And I will be presenting an Evidence Base Alternative based on Emotional and Social Trauma.


Come along and put your feet up, have a bite to eat and enjoy picking over the subject with Julian in good company.  As usual, everyone is welcomed to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, but there is no obligation to do so.  It is free and open to everyone, so you are welcome to bring your friends.  No need to book…