Essay Competition: The Annual Gavin MacFadyen Award

Gavin Macfayden

You may submit your entry to publicinterestpsychology@gmail.com. The closing date for your submissions is Friday 25 June 2021.

Gavin Hall MacFadyen was an American investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was the director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London; Co-Founder with Eileen Chubb of the UK whistleblower support group, The Whistler; and a Trustee of the Courage Foundation.
Julian Assange with Gavin MacFayden

The Gavin MacFadyen Award has been presented annually since 2017, for which nominations are accepted from and voted on by whistleblowers only. Last year’s winners include:

  • Lord of the Flies: A psychoanalytic view of the gang and its processes”. by Prof Mark Stein, Professor of Leadership and Management, University of Leicester, UK, and
  • A Deeper Cut” The Political Mind’ (Volume 2)“, edited by David Morgan, 31 July 2020.

David Morgan is also a TherapyFriends Advisory Board member. See his recent LinkedIn post on the awards here.

The 2021 Competition

The 2021 Gavin MacFayden Memorial Essay Competition has a first prize of £300. The competition is open to submissions of original essays on politics, sociology and psychoanalysis.
Held in honour of the memory of Professor Gavin Macfadyen, you may submit your entry to publicinterestpsychology@gmail.com. The closing date for your submissions is Friday 25 June 2021. Sponsored in part by Phoenix Publishing House.

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Eileen Chubb of “The Whistler“, speaks on last year’s awards:

On Gavin MacFayden

The American investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker, Gavin Hall MacFadyen, facilitated and protected whistleblowing activities and organized events at which whistleblowers and former intelligence personnel spoke publicly. He acted as an advocate for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, eventually becoming a director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Closely linked to Assange, he formed the official Julian Assange Defense Committee, which raises funds to pay the legal expenses of Assange and other WikiLeaks staff. MacFadyen has appeared in a number of documentaries about Wikileaks, including We Steal Secrets and Julian Assange: A Modern Day Hero?

More from the 2019 Awards:

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