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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…
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2019: Crush: Megan Washington
For our 2019 Gala Night of Storytelling, we invited some of our favourite writers and thinkers to dish about their fictional crush. It may have been a character of page, stage, screen or stereo – or some life-changing, out-of-reach hero of the real world.
In this clip, Megan Washington closes the night with an original song.
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The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions
Rob Delaney and Benjamin Law: Are cockroaches attracted to human tears, and if so, why?
Fully Sweded by David Astle
Meet Sebastian. He doesn’t talk much. In fact he hasn’t spoken since we met. The strong silent type, Sebastian has a round head and lean flanks. He hails from Sweden, along with Gilbert, who lives in my dining room.
We also have an L-shaped couch called Karlstad and a blond coffee table named Ramvik. To complete the family there is Benno the bookcase, a…
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