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Why I Write… A Spectrum Women Collaboration

June 12, 2017 Barb Cook

Inspired by “Why I Ride”, Barb Cook’s love letter to motorcycling published in Spectrum Women in October 2016, some of the Spectrum Women Writing Team have decided to share their thoughts on their shared passion for writing… Jeanette Purkis I am Autistic and also have schizophrenia. I often joke that it was pretty much guaranteed I would end up being a writer with those two diagnoses and the creativity which so often comes along with them. I started writing young. I got to read out my poetry at school assemblies from about the age of eight. High school English was […]

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Nightclub Nightmare & The Day I Stood Up For Myself – Jen Elcheson

May 28, 2017 Spectrum Women

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am not the kind of person who likes to go out much and explore uncharted social territory. It is a strong innate dislike as I am quite introverted and not much of a people person. However, in my younger days, before I had come to terms with being an autistic introvert, I desperately wanted to fit in so bad.  When I could muster the courage to do so, I would occasionally step outside my comfort zone and make myself do things many others would hardly bat an eyelash at. I would do them whether I liked them or not, even at the expense of my […]

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Let Me Make You Aware (poem) by Jen Elcheson (Content warning: bullying)

April 2, 2017 Spectrum Women

Content warning: bullying   A distressed young child held down to a chair They say he’s “just being a brat” They clearly don’t care The teen they think is too shy to speak Is aware they are different And may be more powerful than meek The adult struggling to find lasting work Is discriminated against Over their many ‘weird’ quirks We may not always look others in the eye When I see it being forced I grumble and sigh Others laugh when we flinch from noise or touch Not understanding Overstimulation can be too much They say our behaviours are […]

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