Loneliness and Inner Voices
On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to the psychologist Charles Fernyhough about the inner speech in our heads. But what if it's a lone voice? The writer Olivia Laing explores what it's like to be lonely in a bustling city, while the playwright Alistair McDowall explores what happens when you're abandoned on a distant planet with no sense of time. The biographer Frances Wilson writes a tale of hero-worship, betrayal and revenge through the life of Thomas De Quincey, a man who modelled his opium-habit on Coleridge and his voice and writing on Wordsworth.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
Charles Fernyhough is a writer and a part-time professor in psychology at Durham University.
The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves is published by Profile Books in association with Wellcome Collection.
Alistair McDowall is a playwright.
X is on at the Royal Court Theatre in London until Saturday 7 May.
|Interviewed Guest||Charles Fernyhough|
|Interviewed Guest||Olivia Laing|
|Interviewed Guest||Alistair McDowall|
|Interviewed Guest||Frances Wilson|