Archive for November, 2009

My work on Pablo Neruda

November 8, 2009

One of my other main fields is Hispanic studies.  My previous book – before the one on the history of autism – was a biography of the great Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. That book – Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life – was published by Bloomsbury in the UK and the USA in 2004.  I have given talks on Neruda around the world, and have also written in Spanish and Latin American literature for many publications, including the Guardian.

Introducing myself

November 8, 2009


My name is Adam Feinstein. I am an autism researcher. I work for Autism Cymru, Wales’s National Charity for Autism, although I am based in London. I edit Autism Cymru’s pioneering website, Awares ( and its other, internationally oriented, site, AutismConnect (

Every year, I run an international online autism conference on Awares which Professor Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge University has called “the finest online conference of its kind on the planet.”  This year’s event, Autism2009, opens on November 30 and runs until December 7.  More than sixty of the world’s leading autism experts – including Simon Baron-Cohen, Gary Mesibov, Donna Williams, Wendy Lawson and Susan Folstein – are taking part.  Anyone can join in and take this unique opportunity to put their questions directly to the world’s top autism authorities. You can register right now at

In addition, I edit and publish an international autism newsletter, Looking Up, which includes the latest research news and views from the world of autism (

I have also just completed a book on the history of autism. This was generously financed by Dame Stephanie Shirley and will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2010.

I give talks on autism around the world and also write on the condition for a number of publications, including the Guardian.

I should add that I have a personal interest in autism:  my 16-year-old son, Johnny, is autistic.