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Three Good Hours - A Public Announcement

I woke just now with a start and a sharp intake of breath. After a moment or two I began the urgent shuffle onto my commode to let my wee slowly find its way out. But I started thinking about … read more

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Standing Up In Portland

While touring our show Backstage In Biscuit Land a couple of years ago I had a difficult experience at a comedy festival. I wrote about it here and have thought about it on and off since.

At almost exactly the … read more

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Have Tics, Will Travel

We’re off to the US tomorrow, first to New York to give a talk at BRIC in Brooklyn and then on to Portland to work with Boom Arts. I’m really excited to be heading back to North America.

Before … read more

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Breakthrough News

Eight years ago to the month, Leftwing Idiot and I started Touretteshero. We’d been friends for many years and he’d provided me with vital support when my tics intensified. At times adjusting to them was tough – I found it … read more

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Beckett and Biscuits

It’s Sunday, I’m lying in bed, and I woke with the first light creeping in around the edges of my bedroom blind. A moment ago I pulled it up to let the light fill the room. Then I sank back … read more

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Babies, Bodies, Biscuits

In one week’s time our production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Not I’ opens at Battersea Arts Centre in London. We’ve been in rehearsals this week and it’s been great getting back into the play. I’ve particularly enjoyed rehearsing with Charmaine, our … read more

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Heroes Of The Imagination

I’m lying in bed, my soft duvet enveloping my exhausted body. This weekend the Touretteshero team’s been working flat out on Heroes of the Imagination at Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival.

Over the last two days over 2000 children and … read more

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Thank You Cheggers

While my tics might not be part of my conscious thought processes, they definitely reflect the time and cultural references of my childhood, and this means that the stars of 1980’s children’s TV get a strong showing.

Of all these … read more

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My Boom and Bust Body

I’ve written a lot recently about how I’m adapting to experiencing chronic pain.

While this isn’t straightforwardly related to Tourettes, I’ve started to appreciate that my motor tics have put a lot of physical pressure on my body for a … read more

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Drawn To Coney

Lily, Leftwing Idiot and I spent this morning at Coney Island on the edge of Brooklyn, in fact on the edge of the United States. Coney’s a coastal area with fun fairs, beaches, arcades and the enormous expanse of the … read more

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