This week, the Guardian Family ran my piece, ‘Lou, having the time of your life‘. It’s the second article down. The piece is about my parents’ fight to love and raise Lou – who has cerebral palsy and autism – along with her twin, Sarah, and her elder sister, me; it’s about my profound gratitude to them… Continue reading The Guardian Family
“One of the joys of doing this is being open to the experience of how other people’s enthusiasms will wing their way into your life and get you all gee’d up about stories or poems you might never have glanced at twice.” Steve Wasserman. Emily Midorikawa and I were delighted when Steve Wasserman asked us… Continue reading Read Me Something You Love
When I came to evaluate my Arts Council Memoir Garden residency, it struck me that people with learning disabilities are subject to endless evaluation by social workers and carers, doctors and auditors. The official language and value judgements of such forms threaten to strip people with learning disabilities of their humanity. As a way to… Continue reading Anything else you think we should know?
I hope your 2014 is off to a good start. I’m marking the New Year with the launch of a website, Something Rhymed. It is about famous female writing friendships, and it is a joint venture with my own close writer friend, Emily Midorikawa. Each month, we’ll be profiling a different pair of famous writer friends… Continue reading Launch of Something Rhymed
The Memoir Garden poets have been spreading the word about our collection of poems from the words and experiences of adults with learning disabilities. The collection proved such a success locally that Waterstones in Berkhamsted restocked for the third time, we ordered a second print run, and held a London launch, kindly hosted by New York University in London. A… Continue reading The Memoir Garden locally and nationally
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As some friends already know, my partner and I have recently returned from a motorcycle tour of Spain (with him doing the driving, me sitting on the back). We saw all sorts of amazing sights: a school of jumping dolphins on the ferry crossing out and a whale on the…
I was delighted to review this remarkable memoir for The Independent on Sunday. Naoki Higashida, the severely autistic author of The Reason I Jump finds conversation almost impossible, but he writes by pointing to letters on a grid. Co-translators Keiko Yoshida and her husband, the Man Booker-shortlisted novelist David Mitchell, have a son whose autism is… Continue reading The Reason I Jump