On Not Having Experiences: Adam Phillips, Limbus Lecture

Due to the coronavirus crisis this event has been cancelled. 

It is hoped that it may re-arranged for some time in 2021.


Farhad Dalal has written to tell us about a lecture which has been added to this year’s programme of Limbus lectures.

On May 2nd, 2020, Adam Phillips will be presenting a talk, On Not Having Experiences. The event will be held between 10.30am and 1pm (arrivals from 10am) at Studio 3, The Space, Dartington Hall, Totnes. The entrance fee is £20 and may be paid at the door or a place can be booked online at

Adam Phillips is a British psychoanalyst, essayist and author of a number of well known books, which include amongst many others: On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored; Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life; Winnicott; and On Kindness.
His most recent books are Attention Seeking and The Cure for Psychoanalysis.

Since 2003 he has been the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Sigmund Freud. He is also a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. Joan Acocella, writing in The New Yorker, described Phillips as “Britain’s foremost psychoanalytic writer”, an opinion echoed by historian Élisabeth Roudinesco in Le Monde.

He has always believed psychoanalysis to be closer to poetry than medicine: “For me, psychoanalysis has always been of a piece with the various languages of literature-a kind of practical poetry.” From 1990 to 1997 he was Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Phillips worked in the National Health Service for seventeen years but became disillusioned with its tightening bureaucratic demands. He currently divides his time between writing and his private practice in Notting Hill. He has been a visiting professor at the University of York English department since 2006

Travel Complications. Please give extra time to drive up to Dartington Hall, because the ‘Lower Drive’ to Dartington Hall is closed. This being the road you turn right into as you drive out of Totnes, past Kevics and ‘Swallowfields’. (you are still able to walk up this road).

To access Dartington Hall, whilst driving out of Totnes on the A385, after Shinners Bridge (A384), turn right at the roundabout in Dasrtington, go straight on at the small roundabout and turn right at St.Mary’s Church..