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Mary Cregan in conversation with Prof. Ciarán Benson


Date: Saturday March 28th
Venue: dlr LexIcon, The Studio
Time: 11am
Cost: €15 / €12
Age: Adult


Mary Cregan speaks to Prof. Ciarán Benson about her memoir The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, a graceful and penetrating memoir interweaving the author’s descent into depression with a medical and cultural history of this illness. At the age of twenty-seven, married, living in New York and working in book design, Mary Cregan gives birth to her first child, a daughter she names Anna. But it’s apparent that something is terribly wrong, and two days later, Anna dies—plunging Cregan into suicidal despair. Decades later, sustained by her work, a second marriage, and a son, Cregan reflects on this pivotal experience and attempts to make sense of it. Perceptive, intimate, and elegantly written, The Scar vividly depicts the pain and ongoing stigma of clinical depression, giving greater insight into its management and offering hope for those who are suffering.

Ciarán Benson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University College Dublin.
His research interests include the cultural psychology of self, philosophical psychology, and the psychology and philosophy of ‘Art’. He has long been practically active in the arts in Ireland as a policymaker, occasional curator and critic.



L - R: Mary Cregan, Prof. Ciarán Benson