[56] S5, Ep1: Sara Gibbs: From not fitting in, to finding a place in the world as an autistic woman
Topics in this episode: autism at work, autistic parents, employment, masking, school, support, Things that have changed for the better since diagnosis

Sara Gibbs has built a successful career, but also – like so many of us – experienced the challenges of being in the world as an autistic person. 

After enduring vicious bullying and social exclusion during her school days, and having some pretty horrendous experiences in the workplace, she decided to become a writer. After taking a comedy writing course she has since written for Dead Ringers, The News Quiz, The Daily Mash, The Now Show, The Mash Report and Have I Got News for You.

She is also the co-founder of satirical women’s magazine Succubus, the founder of The First Laugh Comedy Writing Competition for new writers and the presenter of The Aut-Hour Podcast. 

Diagnosed autistic at 30, she published her brilliant – and hugely relatable – memoir of life as an undiagnosed autistic woman, Drama Queen, in 2021. I devoured this book as soon as I got my hands on it, and I was so excited to talk to her for Squarepeg. 

We talked about all sorts of things, including

➡ Her childhood, bullying and her experience at a Steiner school

➡ Her difficult relationship with her dad, who she suspects may have been autistic too

➡ Dealing with a toxic workplace environment

➡ Finding her place in the world as a writer

➡ and The challenge autistic people in particular can face when trying to change careers

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.

 

EPISODE LINKS:

Sara’s website: https://saragibbs.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sara_rose_g

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sara_Rose_G 

Her book: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Drama-Queen-by-Sara-Gibbs/9781472274366 

The Aut-Hour podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/613Ai66JCoNNnVWrE8x8YD

 

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