TCPP Seminars

Saturday 30th March

The Fictions of Dreams
Speaker: Otto M Rheinschmiedt


Beeches Conference Centre, 76 Selly Oak Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1LS
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Registration is from 9.30 am - the seminars will commence at 10.00 am and end at 1.30 pm

Dreams and literature are closely related. The dream's essence lies in its narrative facility. Dreams are autobiographical fictions which tell the story of the dreamer's life history, her/his insertion in transgenerational family themes, and her/his ethnic and cultural identity. In that sense dreams are psychosocial depositories and makers, not unlike world literature which recreates interiority and historicity of a given time period.

The interconnected worlds of dreaming and fiction writing tend to employ the same narrative devices: memory (Patrick Modiano), multi-temporality (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), poiesis (Kafka, Ted Hughes, Colm Toibin), historical consciousness (Irene Némirovsky), and 'infinite connectivity' (Patrick White).

Thumbnail biography: Otto M Rheinschmiedt is a university lecturer, group analyst, and psychologist in private practice with over thirty years experience of working with dreams. He has written a book on dreams, "The Fictions of Dreams. Dreams, Literature and Writing", published by Karnac in May 2017, appeared on BBC Radio shows on dreams, given public lectures on dreams and literature in the UK and abroad, and taught dream interpretation at the University of Bath.


The fee for each seminar is £55.00 for WMIP members and £60.00 for non-WMIP members. Bookings should be made at least two weeks before the seminar date. To book, please return your completed form as soon as possible to Carmela Billingham, the TCPP administrator at

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