Author Kathy Lette announced as Guest Speaker at ‘Living Conference’

May 15 2019
Portrait photo of Kathy Lette

In collaboration with Hay Festival, Ruskin Mill Trust are holding their second Living Conference.  This informative event is to be held on Ruskin Mill Trust’s site in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire where attendees will be able to discover and engage with new perspectives on autism through Talks, Panels and Performances as well as interacting with our students and experiencing working with craft. 

Ruskin Mill Trust are delighted to announce that Kathy Lette, celebrated author of 14 best-selling novels published in 17 languages including Puberty Blues which was made into a film and TV mini-series, ‘Mad Cows’ will be a key speaker.  Known for her regular appearances on BBC and Sky news programmes, Kathy is an ambassador for the National Autistic Society as well as Plan International.

Kathy has an autistic son Jules. “What my autistic son Jules has taught me is that there is no such thing as ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’, just ‘ordinary’ and ‘extraordinary’. ‘Normal’ is nothing more than a setting on a washing machine and a label – little more than something on the side of a jam jar. However, it can be a psychological signpost in sending you in the right direction to get help. As parents, we do not want to cure our kids. We just want them to become their best autistic selves and schools like this, which think outside the neurotypical box, help them achieve this”. 

Visit Kathy’s website at and on Twitter @kathylette

To order tickets and for more information regarding this Conference please visit      

The collaboration between Hay Festival and Ruskin Mill Trust will also be evident at Hay Festival, Wales later this month, 23rd May – 2nd June with events and workshops focussing on neurodiversity, how it can be nurtured and celebrated.  For more information visit


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