Event

Autism Writes Back!

Saturday 26 May
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens
3.30 - 4.30pm
£8 / weekend ticket £90

Poet and novelist Joanne Limburg (The Autistic Alice) and author and journalist Laura James (Odd Girl Out) are joined by writer and academic Dr James McGrath to discuss the reality and misconceptions of living and writing with autism.

This is a relaxed, autism-friendly event and a quiet space will be provided. To find out more visit our website or email access@nnfestival.org.uk

Read an extract from Odd Girl Out by Laura James >>

Part of the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. 

Tickets £8 per event; book four or more events over the City of Literature Weekend and save £1.50 per ticket. Join us for all events across the weekend for £90 (save £46). Call the box office on 01603 766400 to redeem these offers.

A break-out space will be provided for audience members all day at The Garage, next to Chapelfield Gardens. To find out more email access@nnfestival.org.uk.

This event is BSL-interpreted and captioned.

   

 

 

About the speakers

Laura James is an author and journalist and the owner of a communications agency. Her writing has appeared in many national and international newspapers and magazines. When not frantically fighting deadlines, she can generally be found hiding under a duvet with a stack of good books and lots of chocolate. She is the mother of four adult children and lives with her husband their dogs and cat in North Norfolk. Since her diagnosis, she has worked closely with the National Autistic Society. Twitter

Laura James on being diagnosed as autistic (Pan Macmillan, April 2017)

A moment that changed me: I was diagnosed with autism at 45 (Guardian, April 2017)

Meet the Woman Diagnosed With Autism at 45 | Lorraine

Joanne Limburg was born and grew up in London, but now lives in Cambridge with her husband and son. She has published two collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books: Feminismo, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and Paraphernalia, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has written one collection for children, Bookside Down, which was shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Prize and Highly Commended. Her latest poetry collection is The Autistic Alice, also published by Bloodaxe. Her memoir, The Woman Who Thought Too Much, is about OCD, anxiety and poetry, and is published by Atlantic Books. Her debut novel, A Want of Kindness, was published in July 2015. A second memoir, Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations, appeared in July 2017. Website

Joanne Limburg asks what it means to write as an autistic subject (Poetry Society, 2017)

Joanne Limburg  —  Why I Write Podcast (TLS, April 2017)

Dr James McGrath is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett University. His poems appear in various literary magazines, and he has published on popular music, particularly The Beatles and Joy Division. The Naming of Adult Autism: Identity, Ambiguity and Culture was published in 2017. Twitter

“Autism, adulthood and fictions: reading autism portrayals after diagnosis” – Dr James McGrath

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Saturday 26 May Saturday 26 May Europe/London Autism Writes Back!

Poet and novelist Joanne Limburg (The Autistic Alice) and author and journalist Laura James (Odd Girl Out) are joined by writer and academic Dr James McGrath to discuss the reality and misconceptions of living and writing with autism. This is a relaxed, autism-friendly event and a quiet space will be provided. To find out more […]

Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich