Jess Thom – Motivational Speaker | UK
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 Thom is available to book for a variety of corporate events.
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Touretteshero is about reclaiming the most frequently misunderstood condition on the planet, challenging people to think differently, and building a more inclusive society.
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.
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 is a visual, performing, and participatory artist based in London. She graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2005. She has worked as an artist educator and workshop facilitator for The Tate, The South London Gallery and The Chisenhale and has undertaken an EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) funded residency.
Jess 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.’
Jess’s style is engaging, playful and personal and can be tailored to suit the needs of individual events. Jess speaks on a wide range of creative and disability-related subjects in a number of different contexts.
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