INTERVIEW: Sara Barnard on Mental Health in YA and Beautiful Broken Things

INTERVIEW: Sara Barnard on Mental Health in YA and Beautiful Broken Things

In Freudian Script, we love to hear how authors tackle the accurate and sensitive portrayal of mental health problems in fiction. Sara Barnard, author of Young Adult novel Beautiful Broken Things, tells us her tale. What led you to explore issues of mental health in Beautiful Broken Things? I was interested in the aftermath of trauma and violence, and how these experiences can affect young people as they grow and develop. In a lot of cases, unfortunately, people recovering from past pain go on to struggle with their mental health. It struck me that we don't see much of this in YA fiction - stories tend to focus on the traumatic event itself and not what comes next - and I wanted to change that in a very small way with the book I wrote. I was also aware of how mental health is so often used as The Big Issue in YA, as if it is the defining feature of a...
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INTERVIEW: Tom Riley talks Leonardo da Vinci with ASD

As a bonus feature, Katherine Fowler returns to the blog with a very special guest... Interview with a Maestro: Tom Riley on playing Leonardo da Vinci on the autistic spectrum After my guest post on Autistic Spectrum Disorders, I was bowled over by the positive responses from readers, and even more staggered when Tom Riley, who plays Leonardo da Vinci on Da Vinci’s Demons, saw the post and confirmed our speculations about Leonardo being on the spectrum. Tom generously agreed to answer a few questions about portraying a character on the autistic spectrum. Not only did he agree, readily and enthusiastically, but he has provided some incredibly thoughtful and insightful comments. So thank you, Tom, and I hope you all find the following Q&A as fascinating as I did... Where did the inspiration for writing/playing Leonardo on the spectrum come from? As I was researching his life before we kicked off the first season - reading both speculative biographies, and deconstructions of his...
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