Aimee is a writer originally from Leicester, now living in London. She studied English at Oxford University, and later became a music and culture journalist, with bylines in the Guardian, Dazed, Vice, Pitchfork, and more. She has also trained in counselling skills, and volunteers as a helpline counsellor. In her late 20s, she was diagnosed as autistic, which certainly explained a lot of things. Currently, she’s working as a digital copywriter for a disability charity while also working on her non-fiction book proposal for the Wellcome Collection x Spread the Word Writing Awards.
Aimee says: ‘I’m a huge fan of the work that Spread the Word does to diversify literary circles and nurture the work of disabled and chronically ill artists. I’m immensely grateful to have their trust, and that of the Wellcome Collection, in my project. This programme will be so valuable, giving me the space, expert advice, and resources I need to do the work.’
About Aimee’s project
Crossed Wires: Notes on Autistic Empathy
Stereotypes tell us that autistic people are unfeeling, unemotional robots. Why? Because, according to the textbooks, they can’t feel empathy. Crossed Wires: Notes on Autistic Empathy will be a collection of essays exploring how this idea became so dominant. It will challenge the reader to reconsider what they think they know about autism, and about empathy itself.