MindReading’s fourth annual conference will take place on 3 April 2020 in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. MindReading explores the patient experience through the prism of literature and personal narrative to inform self-care, patient-centred care, and practice. This year’s conference continues the focus on the theme of adolescent health and narrative. 

The Royal College of Physicians is a historic venue in the centre of Dublin which has long been associated with physician training and wellbeing in Ireland, and boasts a new collection of artefacts related to the history of medical practice in Ireland that will form part of an exhibition at MindReading.

The conference will host speakers from humanities, medicine and experts by experience including Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan, Dr Emilie Pine, Prof Femi Oyebode, Prof Des O’Neill, Prof Hilary Moss, Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, Dr Donal Brennan and Prof Gerardine Meaney. Bodywhys, REFOCUS and Childrens Books Ireland will participate and there will be sessions on using literature in undergraduate and postgraduate practices, and a debate about the interface of healthcare and narrative.

A ‘pop up’ event at the LexIcon Library on the theme of Vaccination will be held on 2 April.

Registration and a draft programme can be found at

Call for Posters

Abstracts are currently being accepted for conference posters from colleagues in clinical practice, the history of medicine, and the arts and humanities. Accepted posters will be displayed on poster boards. Submissions are especially encouraged from trainees, postgraduate and early career researchers (up to five years post PhD), which will be eligible for consideration for the MindReading poster prize. This prize will be awarded on the basis of selection by an interdisciplinary judging panel at the conference.

Abstracts may be submitted by emailing Dr. Clare Hayes-Brady: clare.hayes-brady@ucd.ie.

Themes for posters may include:

  • Adolescent Health and Medical Humanities
  • History of Medicine and Childhood
  • Literature and Medical Humanities in clinical practice
  • Can literature help exploration of overlaps between physical and mental health?
  • Literature in training of clinicians – undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Literature in reflective practice for clinicians
  • Interdisciplinary education and the humanities
  • Literature and mental health initiatives in Ireland
  • Literature and engagement with medicine and medical humanities

The deadline for abstracts has been extended to 17 February 2020 before 5pm.

For further information and guidelines see

About the MindReading Project
The MindReading collaboration brings together clinicians, patients and specialists in medical humanities to consider shared problems in medicine. The first MindReading conference was developed by Dr Elizabeth Barrett (UCD) and Dr Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham) in 2017 and hosted at the LexIcon Library in Dublin. In 2018, it was hosted at the University of Birmingham, and in 2019 at St Anne’s College, Oxford. For further information visit literatureandmentalhealth.wordpress.com and follow the MindReading project on Twitter @lit4health


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