News and events


The 23rd of August 2021 marked the 32nd anniversary of the death of R.D. Laing.

Many thanks indeed for all the messages on social media remembering R.D. Laing. Thank you.



'Unforgettable': BBC Radio 4

First broadcast on Tuesday, 31st July 2018 (second broadcast, 6th October) on BBC Radio 4, a reconstructed conversation between Adrian Laing and R.D. Laing in the 'Unforgettable' series, available on BBC iplayer:



'Sanity, Madness and the Family'

was reissued as a Routledge Classic in 2016 with a great introduction by Dame Hilary Mantel. 


Anthony Stadlen and Dame Hilary Mantel (twice Booker prize winner) hosted day-long seminars on the 11 families featured in 'Sanity, Madness and the Family' by R.D. Laing and Aaron Esterson. For further details of this and other seminars see Anthony Stadlen's blog:



Dramatisations of the life and works of RD Laing:


'Divided' by Ian Pattison

is a powerful play by Ian Pattison which sheds a sharp light on the events surrounding the death of R.D. Laing's second daughter, Susie, in 1976. The play was first staged at the Oran Mor in Glasgow's West End in 2013 and more recenly from Monday the 14th October to Saturday the 19th of October 2019.


'The Divided Laing or The Two Ronnies' by Patrick Marmion

was performed between 17 November - 12 December 2015 at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston London. This riotous play by Patrick Marmion, starring Alan Cox, captured the conflicts and tension between Aaron Esterson, David Cooper, Joe Berke, Mary Barnes and R.D. Laing during the early Kingsley Hall days in the mid-1960s.


'Mad to be Normal'

starring David Tennant was first screened at the Glasgow Film Festival on Sunday the 26th of February. A review of the film by Adrian Laing was posted by BBC News Scotland on the 28th of February 2017:


A more general feature of RD Laing was posted by the BBC on the 26th of February:


'Did You Used to be R.D. Laing'

Mike Maran wrote and toured extensively with a very engaging one man show about the life of R.D. Laing, a snippet of which is on YouTube:




Translation rights

in the 'The Divided Self' by R.D. Laing have recently been agreed for the territories of: Japan, South Korea, Hungary (and 'Wisdom, Madness and Folly'), Denmark (e-rights only), Czechoslavakia, China, Russia and Turkey.


For enquiries about translation rights please contact Adrian Laing.






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