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Fathers, Sons and Autism: Jem Lester, Keith Stuart & Adam Feinstein

Jewish Book Week 2017
Spoken Word / Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 8:00pm / St Pancras Room
£7.50* / Multi-Event Discount Available

Funny and moving in equal measure, Jem Lester’s Shtum and Keith Stuart’s A Boy Made of Blocks reflect the authors’ personal experiences with their autistic sons.

In Shtum, Jonah – blissful in his innocence – becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled.

To eight-year-old Sam in A Boy Made of Blocks the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own, but when he plays Minecraft it opens up a place where he and his father begin to rediscover both themselves and each other.

In conversation with Adam Feinstein, also the father of an autistic son.


Jem Lester was a journalist for nine years and saw the Berlin Wall fall in 1989. He was also the last journalist to interview the legendary Fred Zinnemann, before the director died. He taught English and Media studies at secondary schools for nine years and has two children, one of whom is profoundly autistic. Jem’s first novel, Shtum, won the 2013 PFD/City University Prize for Fiction.

Keith Stuart is the Guardian’s games editor. He was writer and features editor for The Edge before going freelance in 2000 to cover games culture for several publications, as well as investigating digital and interactive art for Frieze. He also writes about music, film and media for the Guardian and is a regular on the Tech Weekly podcast. He lives in Somerset.

Adam Feinstein is an acclaimed author, translator, journalist and Hispanist. In 1998, he founded an international autism magazine, Looking Up, and published A History of Autism in 2010. Based in London, he also runs monthly online autism conferences on the Awares conference site for Autism Cymru, as well as the annual online Awares conference, which has been called ‘the finest online event of its kind on the planet.’ Feinstein has written for the Guardian, the TLS and the New Statesman and has broadcast for the BBC on Neruda and autism.

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Photos from top: Jem Lester, Keith Stuart, Adam Feinstein

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