|N.E. McMorran : Author, Designer, Upcycler
N.E. McMorran is a British-Cypriot autistic author, publisher, designer and teacher. She was born in London on the 6th of September 1974, and comes from a neurodiverse family of architects, artists and writers.
In the 90s, she studied art and design at Central St. Martins and Hertfordshire University. She also trained as a Montessori teacher and gained a post graduate in secondary education from the Institute of Education, UCL. Before moving to Cyprus in the early noughties, she worked at the BBC as picture researcher and photographer, and also taught in London schools.
In her 30s, Mcmorran founded AccessArts Publications Ltd to promote the Cyprus arts scene; independently publishing Cyprus' first tri-lingual publication ARTERI, and KidCulture—an eco parenting and education magazine.
In 2007 she was invited as Cyprus delegate in the British Council’s 'Creative Collaborations', at The Space in Istanbul, and acted on the UNDP’s 'Cyprus Art Competition' advisory board. She later became involved in the 10:10 climate change campaign, screening 'The Age of Stupid' and organising KidCulture Expo - Cyprus' first eco family festival.
In 2010 she was awarded as a finalist, receiving special mention, in the Cyprus National Business Woman of the Year Award. She later returned to the UK with her son, to home educate, where she wrote the most part of her debut novel: 'MOOJAG'. In 2018, at the age of 43, she received her formal autism diagnosis from the National Autistic Society.
She attributes her achievements to her creative and autistic traits: persistence, imagination, mimicry, problem solving, empathy and sensitivity, intense focus and attention to detail.
She currently volunteers with the NAS and manages the London based inclusive 'Spondylux Press' run by autistic professionals to publish neurodiverse, own-voice works, celebrating diversity and challenging negative stereotypes.