David's Divergent Discussions
By David Gray-Hammond
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David's Divergent DiscussionsAug 25, 2023
Neurodivergent Mental Health (for Mental Health Awareness Month)- David with Katie Munday
Cavendish Spaces, Niche Construction, and Nesting- David with Ryan Boren
In this epsiode, David speaks to Ryan Boren of Stimpunks about neurofuturist ideas in education. From Campfires, to watering holes, to caves. This episode is essential for anyone with a progressive mind for the world of education.
Neurodivergent people and Cults- David with Priscilla Eyles
This episode promises to be really interesting. Priscilla Eyles will join David to discuss the often unmentioned topic of neurodivergent people and cults. Tune in to listen to this informative speaker!
Neurodivergence and Substance Use- David with Jaesic Wade
Being a neurodivergent musician- David with Amity
Come and join David as he interviews this gifted neurodivergent singer/songwriter!
Amity's Links- https://linktr.ee/amitymiller
Prepare to “rethink everything you know and love about music” (David Lofts, guitarist with The Orb).
Amity’s dark, defiant and dramatic sound has garnered accolades in The Guardian newspaper, who described Amity’s voice as “miraculous” with “dense surreal lyricism”, comparing Amity to Adele and Regina Spektor. It has scooped numerous national and international competition successes, placing Amity in the UK’s top 30 young songwriters in their category this year according to the SAYS panel of industry judges.
Amity’s raw, powerhouse voice - “stunning” according to the BBC’s Anna Foster - and vivid, moving lyrics have made them a regular performer at Sessions58 Rise, where they are the youngest-ever artist. Hailed by Shoreditch’s Q club as “a true prodigy on our stage” and talent scouted by numerous major TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, Amity increasingly appears at important venues across London with a performance at the Royal Albert hall in the finals of the Future Makers hall fast coming up this autumn.
Praised by Durham Magazine as “profound, broody and rebellious”, Amity’s empowering lyrics are imprinted by their drive for justice, inner healing, freedom and a passion for enriching lives, along the way documenting their own ongoing journey from darkness to light.
Amity, who is autistic and queer, started writing music at 9 and now, at just 16, is writing professionally with Dee Adam (Dido, Kaiser Chiefs, Newton Faulkner) and Andrew Kingslow (John Legend).
“The talent Amity exudes is immense. You’ll all know his name in a couple of years”. Trina Smith, EPMG
Diagnosis Later in Life- David with Bobbi Elman
Neurodivergence & Social Care (Part 1)- David with Tanya Adkin & Rachel Gavin
In this first part of our two part special on neurodivergence and social care, David will be talking to Tanya Adkin (Assistant Social Worker) and Rachel Gavin (Independent Social Worker) of ND Social Care & Family Services. Tune in to learn some really interesting information on this topic from some of the most experienced in the field.
Autistic Late Discovery Journey- David with Tigger Pritchard
The CAMHS Crisis- David with Emma Dalmayne
TW: Discusses mental health, suicide, and self-harm
In this bonus episode, David talks with Emma Dalmayne about the ongoing crisis for Autistic children attempting to access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the UK. This is a really important epsiode that needs to be heard by lots of people.
Sobriety & Neurodivergence- David with Kelly Booker
Autistic Language Hypothesis- David with Rachel Cullen
Trigger Warning: This episode references abuse of disabled people
In this episode, David invites Rachel Cullen (they/them) to discuss their research into their concept known as the Autistic language hypothesis. This hypothesis has the potential to be groundbreaking and makes for a really interesting episode.
Neurodivergent Parenting- David with Tanya Adkin
David will be joined again by Tanya Adkin to talk about neurodivergent experiences of parenting, and hopefully offer some useful tips!
My book "A Treatise on Chaos" will be available for free on Kindle from 23rd to 27th Junw 2023. Links to it can be found here https://emergentdivergence.com/my-books
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Creating Autistic Suffering series https://emergentdivergence.com/creating-autistic-suffering
Autistic Trans+ Experiences- David with Katie Munday
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Queer Pride Special!- David with Tanya Adkin and Charlie Hart
In this episode, David Gray-Hammond invites Tanya Adkin and Charlie Hart (AKA Ausome Charlie) to speak about neurodivergence and Queerness.
Neurodivergent Identity and Culture- David with Dani, The Punk Rock Autistic
In this episode, David and Dani talk about neurodivergent identity and culture through politics, religion and spirituality, philosophy, as well as concept of the Self, psychedelics, and David's experiences with being Schizophrenic.
Weird Pride Day Special!- David with Katie Munday, Charlie Hart, and Fergus Murray
In this episode, David is joined by Katie Munday, Charlie Hart, and Fergus Murray to talk about weirdness and Neurodivergent Identity!
Neuroqueer Theory, Identity Politics, and Liberating the Self- David with Dr. Nick Walker
In this episode, Dr. Nick Walker joins David to discuss Neuroqueer Theory. They discuss it's relevance to identity politics, how it came to be, and what the future of it might be. They discuss common misconceptions, David's concept of the Chaotic Self, and ultimately consider how neuroqueer theory might be used to liberate the Self.
Identity and Community, and Mental Health- David with Katie Munday
TW: Mentions Racism, Transphobia, Bigotry, Oppression, and discusses distressing experiences to related to mental health and psychological wellbeing. Contains strong language and swearing.
In this episode, Katie Munday and David discuss the importance of having access to a positive sense of identity and community-connectedness for all Neurodivergent people, including this who have historically been called "mentally ill". They discuss how this particular group of Neurodivergents have been denied access to these things, and what a more inclusive community might look like.
Katie Munday (they/them) is a late realised Autistic person with OCD and Attention Hyperactivity.
They have worked with Disabled children in the charity sector and coached wheelchair basketball since 2016.
They have just finished an MRes in Gender Studies, collecting and sharing the stories of trans and / or non-binary Autistic adults with the hope to create more accessible and appropriate work on our experiences.
They are a community researcher involved in Cancer services accessibility for disabled and trans folk, healthcare accessibility for Autistic people, and more general work on disabled people’s experience of mental health.
You can purchase David's book The New Normal: Autistic musings on the threat of a broken society on amazon by following this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Normal-Autistic-musings-society/dp/B0BL4Y86XR
Interview about The New Normal and Existence by David Gray-Hammond
In this first episode Natasha Golding interviews David Gray-Hammond (the podcast host) about his new books "The New Normal: Autistic musings on the threat of a broken society" and "Existence".
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UK Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Gray-Hammond/e/B0BL784LTZ/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk
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