Writer, artist and part-time superhero, Jess Thom co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to her experience of living with Tourettes Syndrome.

Jess has spoken widely in the media about her life with Tourettes, including on Woman’s Hour, This Morning, and The Saturday Night Show in Ireland. In 2013 she gave a TEDx talk on The Alchemy of Chaos at the Royal Albert Hall and became a continuity announcer for Channel 4 as part of their Born Risky season.

Jess has written in the mainstream and disability press including The Guardian, The Observer and Disability Now. In 2012 she published Welcome to Biscuit Land A Year In the Life of Touretteshero, with a foreword by Stephen Fry. In 2014 she performed at Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, DaDaFest in Liverpool and the Unlimited Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. She also co-organised and hosted a one-day event for children with Tourettes at Tate Britain.

In 2015 Jess performed her Broadcast from Biscuit Land as part of the On Stage: Live from Television Centre evening on BBC4. She appeared on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre podcast in 2017.

Jess Thom is committed to increasing opportunities that allow the experiences of people with Tourettes Syndrome to be heard, and to changing the world one tic at a time.

Check out her website here.


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