About The Squiggle Foundation

The Squiggle Foundation’s aims are:

  • To study the work of Dr. Donald Woods Winnicott (1896-1971) .
  • To spread his ideas to a wide audience and put them into everyday use in today’s world.

The word “squiggle” comes from a method Winnicott used to facilitate communication 
with a child.

He would take turns with the child to make a small squiggle mark on a sheet 
of paper and each would then extend the other’s squiggle into a simple drawing of 
personal significance. Playing with a scribble drawing was one way in which Winnicott led 
the child to a better sense of self.

His writings revolve around three main issues:

  • The mother-infant relationship.
  • Transitional phenomena, most clearly recognised in a child’s 
intense possessive feelings for a special blanket or toy.
  • The importance of play and primary creativity.

D.W.W., as he was popularly known, was a paediatrician 
and ‘psychoanalyst who built on Freud’s discoveries of 
how the mind works. His main emphasis was on the 
genuine flourishing of the ‘person’ and the nurturing  by the ‘other’ of a ‘sense of self’. Winnicott once said 
his concern was with ‘living persons, whole living and 
loving’. His therapeutic aim was to enable his patients to live in a creative and authentic way.

The Trust

The Squiggle Foundation’s aims are to study and disseminate the work of Winnicott, with a particular emphasis on application. It was registered as a charity in 1981 (number 283858).

Who We Are

Patrons: Christopher Bollas, John Davis, Jennifer Johns, Brett Kahr, Adam Phillips, Cesare Sarcedoti, Kenneth Wright

Trustees: Dr Christopher Brogan (Treasurer), Tessa Dalley (Chair), Jennifer Johns, Angela Joyce, Craig Fees , Joanne Young, Dr Peter Shoenberg, Mike Tait, Marigemma Rocco.

Director: Prof Adrian Sutton

Friends of the Squiggle Foundation Committee: Ellen McCoy, Jenny Davids, Pamela George, Gaby Marks, Michael Schacter, Dr Sharon Stekelman

Administrator: Di Sutton

Become a Member:

Membership offers reduced entry to Squiggle Lectures and Study Events, reductions at Karnac Books and access to the Lecture Archive of over 400 talks presented at Squiggle events starting in 1982: a program of digitising the original recordings means that more than a quarter of these are already available to listen to via the internet. See http://squiggletalks.org.uk/index.php

Membership categories are Student, Individual, Family and Institutional. For current fees contact the Administrator.


The Administrator,
The Squiggle Foundation,
Woodbine Farm, Glutton Bridge, Longnor, Staffordshire, SK17 0PU

Tel: 01298 83142 or 07717330327