Michael Brearley is a Member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and works in full time private practice in London. He teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and on the University College London MSc course in Psychoanalytic Studies. He has given papers on clinical and theoretical subjects, as well as on applied topics such as ‘Leadership and Spirituality’. He contributed a chapter in Maurice Whelan’s recent book Mistress of her Thoughts: Ella Freeman Sharpe and the Practice of Psychoanalysis, published by Rebus Press, 2000. He recently published ‘On making a documentary film on Psychoanalysis’ in the Journal of the Association for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy in the NHS, London, March 2000.

In addition to his psychoanalytic background, Michael Brearley has had a distinguished career as a professional cricketer. He captained Middlesex from 1971-82. He first played for England in 1976, playing 39 tests, 31 as Captain. In 1985 he published The Art of Captaincy, a book which deals with leadership beyond as well as on the cricket field. He writes occasional articles on cricket for The Observer and gives occasional lectures on leadership, motivation and team building.



Inga Clendinnen is Emeritus Scholar in History at La Trobe University and a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities. In 1999 she delivered the ABC Boyer Lectures on race relations in this country under the title ‘True Stories’. Clendinnen is also the author of Reading the Holocaust, which in 1999 won the NSW Premier’s General History Award and the ‘gleebooks’ Prize for Literary and Cultural Criticism. It was also named an Editor’s Choice Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was awarded the 1999 Prize for Holocaust Studies by the Jewish Book Council in the United States.

‘In her early fifties, Clendinnen, Australia’s award-winning historian of Mayan and Aztec history, was struck with an incurable liver disease, immobilized and forced to give up formal research and teaching. From her sickness comes a striking realization of literacy’s protean possibilities: that writing can be a vital refuge from the debilitation of the body, and that the imagination can blossom as the body is enfeebled.’ From this experience came Tiger’s Eye ‘a uniquely powerful book about how illness can challenge the self and how writing can help one define and realize it.’ (Scribner)



Shahid Najeeb is a Psychiatrist and a Supervising and Training Analyst of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society. He lives and works in full time private practice in Sydney. Apart from his clinical interests he has an interest in the wider applications of psychoanalytic thinking. He has a special interest in Buddhism and the relationship of Buddhist ideas to psychoanalytic knowledge and concepts. In 2000 he gave a series of lectures ‘Moonlight, reflected in Dewdrops’ or a Dialogue between Buddhism and Psychoanalysis about the world we live in.



Expressions Dance Company Maggi Sietsma, Artistic Director and Choreographer, established Expressions Dance Company in 1985. A graduate of the Australian Ballet School, Maggi toured extensively with the Australian Ballet, including as a soloist with the London Festival Ballet, before pursuing her interest in contemporary dance. Maggi’s choreographic debut was at the prestigious Spoleto Festival in Italy where she performed to great acclaim with the ‘Theatre du Chene Noir’. Returning to Australia in 1982 she became resident choreographer of the North Queensland Ballet (now Dance North). She lectured in Dance at the Brisbane College of Advanced Education (now QUT) developing the first Bachelor of Arts Dance course in Queensland.

Since 1985 Maggi has created over twenty works for the Company including the highly successful Dark Heart, Difficult Pleasures, Adam in Wonderland, Attitude, Vanities Crossing and the internationally acclaimed Alone Together, which received outstanding reviews in New York in 1999. Under Maggi’s direction Expressions has won several awards, the most recent being the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in 1997, and has toured extensively throughout Australia as well as the USA, Germany, Papua New Guinea, India, the UK, Israel, Singapore and Taiwan.  


Expressions Dance Company (pictured above) is an ensemble of inspired and creative individuals who push themselves to the absolute limits of their abilities. The Company is acclaimed for high calibre and compelling dance theatre. Not averse to taking risks, Expressions creates works in which speech, dance and visual media combine and confront each other. Radical yet accessible, Expressions pushes the boundaries of dance and theatre, creating meaning with powerful imagery and intriguing dance.



Allan Shafer is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Socio-analyst who works in full time private practice in Perth. He is a full member of the Association for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Western Australia where he holds the position of Director of Training. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Socio-Analysis, past Chair and Executive Member, and currently co-edits the international journal “Socio-Analysis”. He is particularly interested in the somatic representation of psychological phenomena and the associated dynamics of projective identification. He has published and presented papers in this field as it pertains to both individual and group/organizational dynamics.



María-Inés Rotmiler de Zentner is a Psychoanalyst who works full-time in private practice with adults and adolescents in Melbourne. She is a Consultant Psychoanalyst in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Austin Hospital, and a Senior Lecturer (Hon) with the Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University. She has written extensively on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and her work has been published in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Her writings include works on suicide, anorexia nervosa, desire, discourse, melancholia, the question of time in the psychoanalytic treatment, clinical supervision ... María-Inés trained in Buenos Aires within a Freudian and Lacanian frame of reference. She was co-founder of The Freudian School of Melbourne, School of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, in 1977, and resigned from it in 1992. She has worked for many years in the Department of Psychiatry, Royal Children's Hospital, and at the Post Graduate Child Psychiatry Training Programme of Victoria.



Douglas Kirsner is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and History of Ideas at Deakin University, Australia, where he is the coordinator of psychoanalytic studies. He founded the annual Deakin University Freud Conference which he directed for twenty years. He is the author of The Schizoid World of Jean-Paul Sartre and R.D. Laing and numerous articles about psychoanalysis. His most recent book Unfree Associations: Inside Psychoanalytic Institutes, published by Process Press, London 2000 has been acclaimed as ‘the most thorough, revealing and illuminating account of the inner workings of psychoanalytic institutions that has ever been written.’



Thea van Hees is a Psychiatrist in private practice. Her main area of interest is psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She is past Secretary of the Queensland Psychotherapy Association, and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia, and current President of the Brisbane Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies.



Margot Lynch is a Psychologist and works as a Psychotherapist in private practice. She is the President of the Queensland Psychotherapy Association and a Director of the Brisbane Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies.



Maureen Hansen is an artist who has exhibited widely in Australia and in London. She graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Arts(Fine Arts). Since then she has won several awards including the Churchie Art Prize (1995), the Brisbane Polo Club Award (1994) and the Melville Haysom Memorial Scholarship, Queensland Art Gallery (1993). In 2001, she won the Courier Mail Art Prize in two sections - Still Life and Outdoor Lifestyle. Her most recent exhibitions were at the Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney (2000) and Screen West Publishing House, London (1999). Both were contributions to group exhibitions, entitled Thinking Aloud (italics) and Psyche Why Why? (italics) respectively.

She is a painter who has loved drawing the human figure for the past twelve years. For seven of those years she has taught others how to draw from life, and marvels at how every individual has a unique reaction when drawing the nude. It has illuminated her ideas to the inherent attitudes we have to our bodies. For her, drawing celebrates our perception of living within the human body.