Our next Soteria in the Pub Event will be Wednesday 29th March, 2017. Information and Tickets on Sale below. See bottom of the page for details of upcoming events in 2017.

Soteria in the Pub: Tom Cotton and Jonathan Swift

March 29th 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Venue:   The Brunswick

Address:  1-3 Holland Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1JF, UK

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Tom Cotton and Jonathan Swift will present the film ‘There is a Fault in Reality’, a 30 minute film about three people’s experiences of ‘schizophrenia’, and will discuss their experiences as filmmaker and subject.

In the film Tom explores the stories of three people – Jon, Peter and Jacqui Dillon (hearing voices network) – who’ve all battled with the diagnosis of ‘schizophrenia’ in different ways, and with varying outcomes. Through them, we enter a detailed insider’s view of ‘schizophrenia’, which bears little resemblance to what we think we know. As their stories unfold, the voices they hear are revealed to have clear meanings, and to have identities that are anything but ‘mad.’

The film will lead to a wider discussion about the treatment of ‘schizophrenia’, based on some of the work that both Tom and Jon went on to make after the film. For Tom, this will involve presenting his recent doctoral research, which explored the psychotherapeutic experiences of those with a ‘schizophrenia’ diagnosis. For Jon, this will involve reading some recent poetry, which describes his experiences of ‘schizophrenia’.

Jonathan Swift

Jon is a writer, musician and artist, based in Leicester, who tries to make something out of inequality and ecocide. He was born. He went mad. Then he went madder. Then they stuck him on Clozaril, and he sat in a room for 20 years writing poetry about how crazy the rest of the world was. They took him off Clozaril and found he was still mad. After that, he lived happily ever after, for a while. At the moment, he also volunteers at a PAYF recycled food caff and as a gardener, and would be a comedian  but  finds it hard to stand up to an audience.

Dr. Tom Cotton

Tom is a psychotherapist and filmmaker, with a special interest in mental health politics. Between 2010 and 2012 he managed a residential therapeutic community for clients experiencing psychosis. His doctoral research, carried out at the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, Roehampton University, explored the psychotherapeutic experiences of people who have received a schizophrenia diagnosis. His documentary film, There is a Fault in Reality, which explores three people’s experiences of schizophrenia, has been screened at mental health conferences in London, Boston, Warsaw and Dubrovnik.


‘A moving and informative film about ‘schizophrenia’ – real stigma buster.’ Professor Richard Bentall, Award winning author of Madness Explained and Doctoring the Mind

‘This is one of the most important films ever made about psychosis.’ Professor John Read, award winning researcher and co-author of Models of Madness, and Prejudice and Schizophrenia.


Venue:The Brunswick


1-3 Holland Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1JF, UK

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