In Other Words
by Mainspring Arts
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Pub Date 24 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 02 Jul 2021
A shift in the nature of light reveals an eighth colour in the visible spectrum. A boy befriends the last tree in the natural world. A single mother finds help at the darkest point of her life. A young man finds himself trapped in a university overrun by crows.
These stories and more form In Other Words, an anthology as diverse as the writers themselves. Some cover trauma, societal issues and stigma; others offer fragments of hope and light. Some reach back in time while others transport us to another dimension altogether. There is heartbreak, wit, humour, poignancy and above all a mastery of the imagination.
What these transcendent stories share is that they were created by autistic writers, people often dismissed as unimaginative or incapable of creativity – a myth that has persisted for generations. This collection hopes to shatter those stereotypes, those misconceptions and misunderstandings, and the perception that one must be neurotypical to be afforded a voice in the arts.
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In Other Words is a collection of eight neurodivergent short stories, and I must admit I am both annoyed and amazed. For too long our publishing industries have held back those from minority groups, but after reading this magical and truly unique anthology I find myself wondering why more autistic writers do not become published. In Other Words is a stunning new collection of short stories by autistic authors. Between November 2016 and April 2017, eight writers took part in Mainspring Arts’ creative writing opportunity Square Peg Stories.
Each produced an original short story with mentoring from a wonderful team of published authors. The collection has an introduction by autistic author and poet Joanne Limburg, and a foreword by the novelist David Mitchell. It is beautiful, hilarious, heart-breaking, mind-bending and above all it showcases the enormous talent and creativity of a group of people who are often stereotyped as being unimaginative. A diverse selection of shorts with something here for everyone to enjoy; this is a truly original, captivating and thoroughly entertaining anthology. Highly recommended.
In Other Words features eight short stories which champion the writing of neurodiverse authors, This collection of stories was different than any other collection I had read before, featuring unique styles of writing, and themes as diverse as PTSD and magical talking animals. There were some stories I enjoyed more than others, but all were intriguing and very creative, and some I found I was still thinking about days after reading them. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short story collections or who wants to read something new and original. Well done to Mainspring Arts for creating this opportunity for autistic writers and for readers such as myself who get to enjoy their work.
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