I interview Pip, a vet and music writer from Manchester, about dyspraxia and the US indie-pop band Sylvan Esso

Pip, a white non-binary person with long hair swept over to one side and wearing a fluffy pink fleece, leans back and holds their head with a slight smile.
Pip, a white non-binary person with long hair swept over to one side and wearing a fluffy pink fleece, leans back and holds their head with a slight smile.

Welcome to another edition of Plastic People, where I talk to neurodivergent people about the music and culture that they love. This time, I’m talking to Pip (they/them), a vet and music writer from Manchester with dyspraxia and ADHD. A few months ago, we got together virtually to discuss dancing, the textural power of music and embracing your weirdness, in relation to the US indie pop and folktronica band Sylvan Esso. …


Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

A hyperfixation, or special interest is a highly intense interest in a subject, usually associated with autism and ADHD specifically. It can be anything: a fictional universe, a celebrity, a genre of music, a historical period. I’m going to write here specifically about hyperfixation in relation to autism because this is quite a personal piece and that’s what I know (I don’t have ADHD) but a lot of the larger points will still be extremely valid.

I am, to be completely truthful, writing this article largely because I want an excuse to talk about one of my favourite songs ever…


you can find more of sage’s art at @ peachmuseumart on instagram

Sage is a creative from London with ADHD, a non-binary lesbian, and a die-hard Rina Sawayama fan. Over the course of an hour and a half, we talked in detail about race, nostalgia, memory, loss and how all of these themes intersect in Rina’s acclaimed 2020 album SAWAYAMA. They speak with a nuance and understanding of Sawayama’s work that will be familiar to other neurodivergent people. The kind of awareness that comes only when you have not only scoured the internet for every detail and piece of trivia about a piece of media, but lived and breathed it. They rattle…


I speak to Anna Ward, a disability activist and languages student, about music, memory and being autistic.

Plastic People is a series of interviews and articles about the intersection of neurodiversity and culture. In this edition, I speak to Anna Ward (they/them), an autistic student and disability activist, originally from York and now studying languages in Cambridge. They are also a wheelchair user and have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).

I’ll be honest, I had concerns about how exactly I was going to turn my interview with Anna into a coherent article. As with my previous piece on music, they sent me a playlist of music that is important to them. For starters, the playlist was four hours…


I speak to five #ActuallyAutistic people about routine, special interests and socialising in the virtual world during Covid-19

Hannah’s Animal Crossing character sits back-to-back with Apollo, an anthropomorphic eagle in a pinstripe suit jacket.
Hannah’s Animal Crossing character sits back-to-back with Apollo, an anthropomorphic eagle in a pinstripe suit jacket.
Hannah with islander Apollo.

Plastic People is an ongoing series of articles and interviews which examines culture — films, TV, music and so on — from the perspective of neurodivergent people. Conditions categorised under the neurodiversity umbrella include but are not limited to: ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia and bipolar disorder. I made this as a platform for doing more writing and interviews but have been keen to feature or work with other neurodivergent writers! See the bottom of the article.

If you’re a Twitter user and follow people in the #ActuallyAutistic sphere — a hashtag for self-diagnosed autistic people — you’ll almost certainly have…


In the first Plastic People interview, I speak to guitarist Daniel Donaghy about the challenges and joys of being an autistic musician

Plastic People is a new blog and interview series exploring music from the perspective of neurodivergent people with conditions like autism, ADHD and dyslexia. In this first instalment, I spoke to Daniel Donaghy, a student and guitarist from Belfast who has autism and ADHD, about his favourite music and the challenges of making music as a neurodivergent person. Being autistic and a musician myself, we had a good deal to talk about. His band, Gin Palace, offer an appealing fusion of indie-pop and the disco-funk of Chic. One of their tracks, as well those picked by Daniel and others discussed…


cn: this article contains discussion of ableism and ableist language

Earlier this week, the members of the University of Manchester Student Union voted to introduce a new accessibility measure for disabled students. At all of its democratic events — but not at concerts, etc. — it would encourage people to use the British Sign Language for applause (shaking both hands), thereby reducing the loud noise produced. This was for the benefit of deaf students, and those with autism and sensory impairments for whom waves of loud noise can make taking part in such spaces impossible.

Some of the British media took a different angle on the story. Manchester students ban…

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