Event: Viewing Autism Through the Arts Lens

I’m really looking forward to joining Ros Blackburn (autism lecturer and coach) and Jem Lester (author of Shtum) on stage tonight at the LSE Literary Festival.


Emma Claire Sweeney will be a guest speaker at the Personal Social Services Research Unit and LSE Literary Festival’s Viewing Autism Through the Arts Lens, part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017. She will be joined by journalist Jem Lester and the panel will be chaired by LSE Professor Martin Knapp.

Our scientific understanding of autism has developed significantly over the last few decades, yet how much do we as a society really know about the experiences of people with autism? Novels such as The Reason I Jump, plays like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, and movies such as The Accountant increase our awareness of autism, but how far can arts and literature further revolutionise the way we understand autism?

All events in the Festival are free to attend and open to all, but booking is required. E-tickets will be available to…

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