The Dynamics of Denial

The dynamics of denial damage culture, society and people.

Psychology tells us that denial can be useful as a coping mechanism for dealing with trauma in the short term. It can also, if trauma is not faced up to, result in effects that damage the denier as much as those denied.

Take a moment to stop and consider this: we’re seeing those dynamics play out today across societies, cultures, polities and economies.

If you’ve been sentient through 2020 and early 2021, it can’t have escaped you that we’ve had almost a year of cataclysmic change. Arts, literature, poetry – culture – has kept a record of what is happening to us, enabling us to create a better tomorrow.

It is with that in mind that I’m creating a podcast in which I’ll be discussing with various friends and colleagues the following:

  • Archives – How the past can be a path to the future. 
  • Being: Identity and presence – looking at how different generations interpret their identity.
  • Why cultural diversity matters. 
  • The importance of space. 
  • Playing with form. How experiences as ‘other’, or from contexts and cultures which have different codes, influence cultural outputs.
  • A moment of reckoning: COVID and the cultural experience. 
  • Communities not audiences or consumers.
  • New writing, new voices, new futures. New playwrights, writers, TV producers – each are creating future classics, while they influence culture and society, why do some persist in seeing them as emerging?
  • Pathways and launchpads. 
  • The future … The future is unknown, but equally we all know what we would like the future to be. Here is a space to dream, to imagine a future we would like to see.

More details will be forthcoming.