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Jess Thom

Touretteshero

Writer, artist and part time superhero, Jess Thom is a visual, performing, and participatory artist based in London. In 2010 Jess co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to her experience of living with Tourettes Syndrome.

Touretteshero is about reclaiming the most frequently misunderstood condition on the planet, challenging people to think differently, and building a more inclusive society. Jess has written in the mainstream and disability press including The Guardian, The Observer and Disability Now. In 2012 she published Welcome to Biscuit Land – A Year In the Life of Touretteshero, with a foreword by Stephen Fry.

In 2014 she performed at Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, DaDaFest in Liverpool and the Unlimited Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. She also co-organised and hosted a one-day event for children with Tourettes at Tate Britain. In the same year, Jess co-devised the award winning stage show Backstage in Biscuit Land.

In 2015 Jess performed her Broadcast from Biscuit Land as part of the On Stage: Live from Television Centre evening on BBC4 and in 2016 Jess took Backstage in Biscuit Land on an extensive UK tour before taking it to New York, Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Jess is committed to increasing opportunities that allow the experiences of people living with Tourettes Syndrome to be heard, and to ‘changing the world one tic at a time.’

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