Only one per cent of autism research funding is put towards improving the lives of adults living with autism, and instead most research seems largely focused on finding a ‘cure’. Meanwhile, adults living with autism contribute to the world daily, in science, art, entertainment, and more.

In conjunction with Kate Fox’s Bigger on the Inside performance, this panel brings neurodiverse and neurotypical experts together to look at the case for neurodiversity, discussing different ways of thinking about, experiencing, and interacting with the world.

Poet and comedian Kate Fox will be in conversation with autism advocate James Sinclair and author Amy Arnold.

About The Host

Peg Alexander

Peg Alexander is a double award-nominated TV and radio presenter, event host, speaker and occasional writer. She came to broadcasting after over 20 years in campaigning, public policy, charities and regeneration, with a short spell in national politics.

About The Speakers

James Sinclair

James Sinclair is the founder, writer of Autistic & Unapologetic: an autism site dedicated to ‘finding the positive in every diagnosis’ through discussions of autistic portrayals in media, bitesize breakdowns of autism acadamia and monthly roundups of all the highlights from in and around the autistic community.

Kate Fox

Kate Fox is an accomplished stand-up poet and performer. She has performed widely on BBC1, BBC2, and Radio4, including two series of her show, The Price of Happiness. She has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run and Glastonbury Festival, ‘Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras’, remembers the lives of important and pioneering Northern women.

Amy Arnold

Amy Arnold was born in Oxford. She studied Neuropsychology at Birmingham University and has worked in a variety of jobs including teaching and lecturing. In 2018 she was awarded New Writing North’s inaugural Northern Book Prize for her debut novel Slip of a Fish. She lives in Cumbria.