BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: New Generation Thinker Matthew Smith from the University of Strathclyde

The Magic Years

The Barbour Room

A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

Deep in the American Psychiatric Association archives lies an unpublished historical manuscript entitled The Magic Years. Written during the early 1970s, it eulogised the giant strides of post-war American psychiatry made in this period of hope and promise when even the complete eradication of mental illness was thought possible.

Medical historian Matthew Smith argues that, while psychiatrists today might dismiss The Magic Years – and the science behind it – as misguided or naïve, it actually has much to teach us.


For your information…

  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2017

Part of What's On in March and April

Gateshead International Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival and Folkworks Pass It On Festival take place on the south bank of the Tyne this Spring alongside Sage Gateshead’s usual programme of eclectic and high quality artists.

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