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Making A Psychopath


Date/Time: Sun 13 Jun 2021 8:00pm - 8:55pm

We delve into the dark and dangerous world of psychopaths with the psychologist who helped create Killing Eve’s anti-heroine, Villanelle. Providing an insight into the complexities and contradictions of their emotions and behaviour, Mark Freestone unveils the characteristics of some of the world’s most dangerous minds. He shares the story of how his work helped to inform one of the most famous psychopaths in popular culture with Julia Wheeler.

This event will be live-streamed for free and available on-demand via the CheltSciFest Player. To register, click here.

Dr Mark Freestone originally trained as a sociologist and has worked in prisons and forensic mental health services for over 15 years as a researcher and clinician, including in Category A prisons that house some of the UK’s most notorious and high-risk criminals. He has also worked at high secure special hospitals as part of the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) Programme. He was a consultant to series 1 and 2 of BBC America’s Killing Eve and is an editor of the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. Mark is currently an advisor to NHS England on services for men and women with a diagnosis of severe personality disorder.

Julia Wheeler is an experienced journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent, based in the UAE and covering the Arabian Peninsula between 2000 and 2010. She continues to work as a freelance journalist. Julia has moderated large-scale conferences and chaired inter-governmental forums. She is chair and interviewer at several festivals including Cheltenham (Literature and Science) and the Stratford Literary Festival. As festivals and organisations transition to digital or hybrid events, Julia is hosting online conversations, webinars and panel discussions for UK and international organisations and audiences.

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