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Reading Your Mind: Neurodiversity and Writing
Clem Bastow, Graeme Simsion and Yenn Purkis
In 2013, Graeme Simsion published his first novel, The Rosie Project, and the world fell in love with its big-hearted, socially inept protagonist, Don Tillman.
Though some readers and reviewers read Don as a character who was ‘on the spectrum’, Simsion himself has resisted labels in public discussions of his wildly successful series of romantic comedy novels. The Rosie Project and its sequel, The Rosie Effect, have sold millions of copies in 40 different countries.
Simsion's third and final book in the series, The Rosie Result, centres on Don's son, Hudson, and deals more directly with the issue of autism.
In conversation with Clem Bastow – who has written about her own recent autism diagnosis – Simsion and Yenn Purkis – an autistic and non-binary author, blogger, presenter and mentor – discuss neurodiversity and writing. How has the public conversation changed? And what are the responsibilities of writers who choose to portray neurodiverse characters or address their own diagnoses in their work?
Hot Desk Extract: self upon self upon self
An excerpt from Shu-Ling Chua's self upon self upon self, a collection of essays exploring the intersections between life and art.
Hot Desk Extract: The Shape of Sound
An excerpt from Fiona Murphy's The Shape of Sound, a collection of essays about learning how to be Deaf.
Hot Desk Extract: Invalid Memoir
An excerpt from Alistair Baldwin's Invalid Memoir, a collection of personal essays and autobiographical stories that are 'only 30%-ish grounded in reality'.
Emerging Writers’ Festival Programme Launch: The Awkward Stage
The 2019 Emerging Writers’ Festival launches with a night of readings. What, exactly, is an ‘emerging’ writer? At what point do you come out of the chrysalis?
At this special opening-night event, hear from Kat Clarke, Vidya Rajan, Sumudu Samarawickrama and Ahmed Yussuf, as they each tell us about the first time they considered themselves a writer. Hosted by the…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Lunch with Simon Schama
Join Simon Schama for a discussion about art, over lunch.
Schama is a familiar figure on the BBC as well as a professor at Columbia University, and he’s produced multi-volume histories of Britain, documentaries with momentous names like The American Future and a TV series called Simon Schama’s Power of Art. He's a heavyweight scholar, best known for in-depth…
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