at The Wheeler Centre

Graeme Simsion: Asperger’s in (My) Fiction

Professor Don Tillman takes unconventional to a whole new level. With his Standardised Meal System and fondness for Excel spreadsheets, the heroic anti-hero (and unlikely love interest) of the international bestseller The Rosie Project, and its brand-new sequel, The Rosie Effect, has Asperger’s Syndrome – though it’s never explicitly stated.

Author Graeme Simsion will talk about the challenges of adopting the perspective of a character with Asperger’s, the ethics of using it as a vehicle for comedy, and the response from critics, the autism community and readers.

BYO lunch.


Portrait of Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books.

The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and has since been sold around the world to over 40 countries. Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights with Graeme contracted to write the script.

The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book, and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014. Its sequel, The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014 to great acclaim and also became a bestseller.


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