5 speakers 15 minutes each

Jess Thom

Tourettes Superhero

Writer, artist and part time superhero, Jess Thom co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to her experience of living with Tourettes Syndrome. Touretteshero is about reclaiming the most frequently misunderstood condition on the planet, challenging people to think differently, and building a more inclusive society. Jess is committed to ‘changing the world one tic at a time.’ Jess is a visual, performing, and participatory artist based in London who graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2005. She’s spoken widely in the media about her life with Tourettes and has written in the mainstream and disability press including The Guardian, The Observer and Disability Now. In 2012 she published Welcome to Biscuit Land – A Year In the Life of Touretteshero, with a foreword by Stephen Fry. She has performed at Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, DaDaFest in Liverpool and the Unlimited Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.