This event brings together the poet Jen Hadfield and the writer Joanne Limburg to discuss their new books, which both explore and celebrate neurodiversity.
An autism diagnosis in midlife enabled Joanne Limburg to finally make sense of why her emotional expression, social discomfort and presentation had always marked her as an outsider. Eager to discover other women who had been misunderstood in their time, Letters To My Weird Sisters is a series of wide-ranging letters to four ‘weird sisters’ from history, addressing topics including autistic parenting, social isolation, feminism and the movement for disability rights.
Jen Hadfield’s new collection is an astonished beholding of the wild landscape of her Shetland home, a tale of hard-won speech, and the balm of the silence it rides upon. The Stone Age is a timely reminder that our neurodiversity is a gift: we do not all see the world in the same way, and Hadfield’s lyric line and unashamedly high-stakes wordplay provide nothing less than a portal into a different kind of being.
Chaired by Lisette Auton.
This pre-recorded event is available to ticket holders to watch on demand until 31 October.
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