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I am an autistic author, blogger, speaker and pet portrait artist. I had my first book – Approaching Autistic Adulthood: The Road Less Travelled – published in October 2021.

I regularly write a blog at Unwritten Grace writing, and am open to commissioned writing and speaking opportunities, especially those that focus on autism, diversity, LGBT+ issues, families and pets. I also have a pet portraits business and am taking commissions.

If you would like to know more, please have a browse of my website and do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Neurodiversity and the Diversity of Autism” – Autism Oxford UK

On Saturday 1st October at 2:45-3:15pm, I will be doing an online talk with Autism Oxford UK as part of their “Neurodiversity and the Diversity of Autism” conference. I will be speaking for 20-25 minutes about being autistic with intersecting marginalised identities, and there will be a few minutes to ask questions afterwards. The whole event will be from 10-4pm. Tickets are £49 and can be bought from autismoxford.org.uk.

One-to-One-Enfield online autism conference

On Monday 13th June at 2pm, I did a live talk on Zoom for One-to-One, an autism charity in Enfield! This was part of an online conference focusing on the lived experiences of autistic women and LGBT+ people. I shared my story about growing up biracial, autistic and a lesbian. If you would like to have a listen, it will be available for a while here. To find out more, please visit http://www.one-to-one-enfield.co.uk/spectrum or contact mail@one-to-one-enfield.co.uk.

University of Sheffield Autism Awareness event

On Tuesday 29th March, I had the honour of doing a talk about autism at work and university at the University of Sheffield. Having spent all month preparing for it, I was very nervous, but the people arranging the event were very helpful and friendly, and even took me on a trip to Wetherspoons once it was all over! The event opened at 5pm, and I gave out my business cards, plus 20 signed copies of my book, as people came in. I started with an introduction on what life can be like for an autistic person, did two main sections on university and work, and talked about what to be aware of in Autism “Awareness” Month as a conclusion. I got quite a few laughs at various points, and I like to think I included plenty of food for thought as well. The audience were very enthusiastic and asked me a lot of great questions at the end! I was pretty tired once it was all over, but it was well worth it.

Click here for the University of Sheffield Diversity Champions Facebook page.

States of Independence at De Montfort University

On Saturday 26th March, I sold copies of my book at States of Independence 2022 at De Montfort University (my old uni) in Leicester. I shared a table with a good friend of mine, Katherine Hetzel, who is an author for children and young people (her website is here). The event took place from 10am-4.:30pm, and involved bookselling stalls (such as mine!), talks, discussions, workshops and book launches. There were students selling publications they had created as part of their course – something I did myself, back in the day – and various independent authors selling all kinds of books. There were children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and even art. It was nice to catch up with some of my old lecturers, and I had some really great conversations with other passers-by, many of whom had some connection to autism. By the end of the day, I sold 7 books. It was a great day, and I look forward to doing it again!

Click here for the States of Independence website and here for the Facebook page.

Minority Musings podcast

It took me a little longer than I would have liked, but my new podcast is now off the ground, and can be found here.

Episode 2: Dyslexia, ADHD and the overlap between them w/Kat Wood. What does it mean to be neurodivergent in more than one way? In episode no. 2 of the Minority Musings podcast, I had a chat with Kat (unintentional rhyme!), who I used to know at church. Kat is dyslexic, having been diagnosed unofficially as a child and officially at university. As a student, she was also diagnosed with ADHD, something that came as a complete surprise for her. She shared with me what it was like to have been diagnosed with ADHD so recently and unexpectedly, and how dyslexic and ADHD traits overlap. We compared our various neurodivergent traits, and also discussed the neurodiversity movement and the medical vs social model of disability.

For some reason, the sound quality was really bad down my end while I was recording with Kat, and there was a lot of reverb whenever I talked. Long story short, it doesn’t seem to be something that I can edit out. Sorry about that! I had to delete the intro and outro and rerecord those separately. This wasn’t an issue with the previous episode or the upcoming one, despite the fact that I have done nothing different with any of my recordings, so hopefully this will be a one off!

Episode 1: Accepting your sexuality – bisexual vs lesbian w/Clara Godwin-Suttie. (Content warning: mention of domestic/sexual violence, sex, HIV/AIDS) How are gay and bisexual coming-out processes similar? How do they differ? In this very first episode of the Minority Musings podcast, I got together with an old uni friend, Clara. As a bisexual person (Clara) and a lesbian (me), we compared our experiences with coming out, crushes and the stigma we have had to deal with. We discussed what schools could do to increase understanding and acceptance of young LGBT+ people, queer representation in the media, and at one point, went off on a tangent about whether you can smell if someone is ovulating. With a good-humoured yet frank approach to some traditionally taboo topics – and some input from Bouncer the cat – this is a podcast debut not to be missed!

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Stonewall
The Trevor Project
Terrence Higgins Trust


Meanwhile, if you are in any racial minority, on the LGBT+ spectrum, have a disability or are in any other minority category, and have a story or topic that you would like to talk about on this podcast, then please message me! Note that I want to avoid things like inspiration porn, confirmation bias, etc., and that you are free to correct me about anything. My aim is to create a safe space to talk about issues that people need to understand better. If you have any questions, fire away!