What I'm doing blogging-wise as a fellow at Durham sharing my Adventures in the Palace Green concerning classics in 19th-century young people's culture
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I realise that I've been quiet on this blog for a month or so. Posts will come - especially now that my book is out, and the accompanying materials are soon to go live. And, in the meantime, let me stress that it's not that I haven't been busy blogging-wise. I've actually been more busy blogging than in quite a while - since the last time I posted each day for Autism Week a few years back.  This is because I've started a new blog to share findings of a project that began earlier this month. The blog is called Adventures in the Palace Green - and in this blog, I do what's 'said on the ..read more
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Announcement: What would Hercules do IS OUT!
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3M ago
One thing I love about blogging is the opportunity it gives to disseminate research while it is in progress. And for years now I have been sharing my progress with a series of lessons for autistic young people based on the mythological experiences of Hercules.  More recently, I have been sharing that this process has gradually been leading towards a moment, a thing, A BOOK...  The book is now out.  I write with the hardcopy version beside me.  My book against my computer screen while I write this blog post It exists - and it's been beautifully produced by the publ ..read more
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On getting to 'every crossroads' in Leicester on November 30th
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5M ago
I'll be heading to one of my academic homes next week, the University of Leicester, to talk about two 'paths' in my autism-related activities to date. At a workshop at the University, I'll be presenting my - nearly out! - book of lessons for autistic young people based on Hercules.  Poster for my session at Leicester on November 30th, designed by Dan Stewart I'll also be introducing my next project, which will pursue a 'Medusan' path.  Here I shall propose Medusa as a figure who can resonate with autistic ways of being. I'll set out how Medusa does this differently from Herc ..read more
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What Would Hercules Do? On why the answer to this question is now imminent - my book is nearly out
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5M ago
I write with news!  The book of lessons for autistic children that I have mentioned many times over the last few years is very nearly out. It is advertised by the publisher HERE and due out by Christmas.  It will be available in print form and online (for free, via Open Access!).  More news as I receive it, but as a taster here, first, is the cover: And here, secondly, are some endorsements ..read more
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Live blogging Hera's Terrible Trap in the Hopeless Heroes series where, TLDR, I'm half way through and taking a pause to process after some experiences to date of Medusa-receptions for young people
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7M ago
I’m now about to start reading Hera’s Terrible Trap, the second book in the Hopeless Heroes series while blogging about it. Getting ready to take out volume 2 from the box set of Hopeless Heroes by Stella Tarakson  In the first book, which I blogged about last week, Hera was set up as the enemy of the hero, Tim, as an extension to her enmity for Hercules. From looking at the cover of the book, Hera is looking set to continue to be put in the role, standard in classical receptions for children I think, of the bitter enemy of Hercules who is dedicated to persecuting him.  ..read more
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Announcing Modern Argonauts, a hero for our times, and a 'proof of concept' to help young people deal with challenges of today
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7M ago
I still recall the sense of excitement at the impending launch of Our Mythical Childhood, a five-year continents-wide quest to chart Classical moments in young people's culture.  Along with the team assembled by Katarzyna Marciniak, we planned extensively, assembled teams and got going. That was in 2016.  The quest didn't always quite as we had planned, not that this was a bad thing. In the end we not only accomplished all our tasks - we also managed to carry out more than we had dared to dream. Even when Covid left us isolated in our various localities we found other means to c ..read more
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ACCLAIM update including new member bios
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7M ago
There's been quite a bit of activity in the ACCLAIM (Autism Connecting CLAssically Inspired Mythology) Network lately including with the new or edited member bios.  ACCLAIM Members - the link for this site is below: please scroll down New to the network are following wonderful people, all of whose interests and lives connect - in some way - autism and mythology: Alexia Dedieu (Grenoble) Effrosyni Kostara (Athens/Roehampton) Oisín Parsons (UCD, Dublin) Aneirin Pendragon (St Andrews) Jerome Ruddick (Newcastle) Meanwhile, the bio for David Welch (Texas) has been updated to refl ..read more
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Here Comes Hercules - with me live blogging and finding the book as good as it was recommended to be with Hesiodic moments
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7M ago
Around a year ago, I spent a very pleasant afternoon in the Ure Museum of Classical Antiquity with the members of the Reading branch of the YAC: the Young Archaeologists' Club.  For the session, I adapted one of the lessons from my book of lessons for autistic children based around the figure of Hercules. When I blogged about the session last year,* I mentioned that as well as being very engaged with the figure of Hercules and with the challenges of making sense of this figure as well as other mythological figures, some of the young people recommended to me some reading I could do as a fo ..read more
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Going the distance: a Herculean journey with Harry Rao via Disney and Michael Bolton
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10M ago
I've mentioned a few times on this blog what's happened on several occasions when I have explained to other autistic people why I am basing a set of lessons for autistic children on Hercules.  When I give my reason for why, as I see it, Hercules can resonate with being autistic, responses have been in line with what the autistic academic Damian Milton said, namely: "that sounds like being autistic".* Something different happened a couple of years ago when talking about Hercules with another autistic person. I found out that I myself didn't need to suggest possible links between Hercules ..read more
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Getting ready to look back - and ahead - by sharing five publication covers
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11M ago
I have just been drafting a blog posting that reflects on my writing processes and on my PhD supervisor. It reflects, too, on fellow alumni from where I did my BA before that. These fellow alumni are, like me, academics with interests that include autism.  I am not ready yet to write up the posting including because I have not yet worked out how to conclude it. For now though - including to help tie me in to completing it - here are the covers of five publications discussed in the posting:   More ASAP ..read more
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