Charlotte Amelia Poe is a self-taught artist and writer living in Lowestoft, Suffolk. She also works with video, and won the inaugural Spectrum Art Prize with the film she submitted, ‘How To Be Autistic’.
Myriad will be publishing Charlotte’s memoir, How To Be Autistic, in September 2019.
Interviews and Features
Autistic Insights with The Autism Page
‘One thing I wish neurotypical parents of autistic children knew is that you are your child’s first and most important ally. It’s going to be really hard at times, and you’ll have to fight tooth and nail, and sometimes you’ll work so hard to get help and end up back where you started, but if you keep fighting (and it can be a lifelong fight), your child will always view you as the person they can trust the most, the person who stood up for them when nobody else did. ‘
Charlotte Amelia Poe, author of How To Be Autistic was asked for advice to share with parents of autistic children. The Autism Page asked several autistic authors and bloggers to take part – the insights offered are varied and incredibly supportive. To read them, click HERE.
‘I’m autistic, but I’m not an inspiration — I still struggle with everything’
‘This is a tale both powerful and enraging: the pain and confusion of school followed by a listless, isolated twenties. Poe lives at home with her parents and her sister’s family, and describes her young nephew and niece as her best friends. Her parents and siblings – particularly her mother Philippa, who spent years searching for answers about her daughter – emerge from the book as quiet heroes. Poe wasn’t diagnosed with autism until she was 21, long after a diagnosis might have helped her through the education system. The condition is traditionally perceived as affecting males, but diagnoses among women and girls are rising. The National Autistic Society estimates the present ratio of men to women with autism is 3:1.’
Charlotte Amelia Poe on BBC Radio London with Jo Good
Charlotte Amelia Poe book launch
Charlotte Amelia Poe – Turnaround Interview
If there’s one thing you could have readers take away from this book, what would it be?
I think empathy, and the ability to understand autism more complexly. There’s no one way to be autistic, and the title kind of plays on that, it’s not a how-to guide, because there is no how-to guide. I wanted to explain that autistic people are just like ‘everyone else’, we’re utterly unique and often the only thing we have in common is our autism, oh, and the trauma we experience as a result of that, at times.
BBC News: Charlotte Amelia Poe is here to start an autistic revolution
BBC Online News invited Charlotte Amelia Poe to discuss her memoir, How To Be Autistic. “I hope to … create a discussion and a movement that allows for autistic people to be seen as equal and vital members of their communities, and as the unique and varied individuals they are.”
How To Be Autistic in The Bookseller
How To Be Autistic by Charlotte Amelia Poe makes The Bookseller’s preview list for upcoming nonfiction titles. ‘This sassy, honest and enlightening memoir is a very personal account of autism, mental illness, gender and sexual identity. Poe also works with video and won the inaugural Spectrum Art prize in 2018 with her work”How To Be Autistic”.