Desert Island Footprints – Dominic McLoughlin

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Wednesday 21st June 2017

The way we develop as counsellors and therapists can have many influences, sometimes a book, lecture, poem or conversation can have a particular impact. Following in the footsteps of a well-known radio programme, we have invited Dominic McLoughlin to be our ‘castaway’, and to choose which of his favourite books, papers or other literary pieces he would take with her to a desert island.

Dominic McLoughlin graduated with a philosophy degree, followed by a postgraduate diploma in creative writing. He was a support worker in various mental health settings, and counselling coordinator at Brent Mind before completing the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling at Birkbeck in 2000. Dominic was visiting lecturer on creative writing and counselling and courses at Birkbeck, and held the post of mental health advisor at University of East London before taking up his current role as Student Support Manager at Heythrop College, University of London in 2007. In 2005 Dominic won 2nd prize in the National Poetry Competition and his poems have appeared in Ambit, Poetry Review, and Oxford Poetry. In 2015 he gained a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway for his volume of poems, Pennyfields and a critical thesis on reading as a writer.

About the Speaker

Paul Terry will introduce our castaway. During the evening, we will find out more about the path of Dominic’s career in counselling, and discuss with him the various authors and writings which have influenced him.

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