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Clem Bastow: Late Bloomer

Sat 11 Sep, 11am
Dandenong Library

Award–winning cultural critic Clem Bastow‘s wise and witty memoir Late Bloomer examines being diagnosed with autism at age 36, the challenges she faced growing up, and broader cultural stigma around autism, especially for women and gender-diverse people. Join Bastow as she deconstructs the misconceptions and celebrates the realities of autistic experience, with Jenny Valentish.

In partnership with City of Greater Dandenong


1 hour

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Clem Bastow is a cultural critic whose work appears in The Saturday Paper and the Guardian. She has contributed essays to Investigating Stranger Things (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and ReFocus: The Films Of Elaine May (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), and is undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT.

Jenny Valentish’s fourth book, Everything Harder Than Everyone Else, immerses itself in the worlds of people who push their bodies to extremes, and turns out to be a fitting follow-up of her book about addiction, Woman of Substances. As a journalist, she writes for the Guardian, ABC and The Monthly.

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