All the light …

The title of this editorial is appropriated from a paper by psychoanalyst and child psychotherapist Margot Waddell ‘All the light we cannot see’: psychoanalytic and poetic reflections on the nature of hope (2019). She in turn having borrowed it from Anthony Doerr’s 2015 novel. In her poetic and thoughtful way Margot’s paper explores hope across the borderline, between external and internal worlds, and between literary and psycho-analytic worlds. ‘The particularity of that quality of hope that lies at the heart of a psychoanalytic way of thinking. To find expression for the hope that we must “feel upon the pulses”, says Margot, ‘so often lies beyond, or between, the words that are needed to find expression in the ordinary way. It is one that is lodged in the in-between where, if nurtured, it can find its own unique form, just as an artist finds a unique expressive register. In the current dark days, “hope” becomes more important than ever. Hope for ourselves, our work and our institutional lives.’