We’re counting down the days to Great Minds Think Different 2019! Our annual event, celebrating the talents and creativity of neurodivergent people everywhere, is being held on Tuesday 26 November 2019 from 7pm at Platform Southwark.
Last week, we released our full line-up, featuring Gabriela Eva, Kaiya Stone, Luke Poulton, and a panel containing Chi Chi Izundu, Prof Sara Rankin, J-Rock from Big Brovas, Universal Music Group, and our founder Matt Boyd.
In advance of our celebratory evening, we thought we’d provide you with a bit more information on each of our performers and panel members. This week we’ll be looking at those performing on the night and what exciting things you can expect!
British singer and songwriter Gabriela Eva grew up in Essex, inspired by stronger female singers and her mother, who encouraged her to express herself creatively.
At a young age, Gabriela Eva taught herself to play guitar and has since produced a wide range of music – pop, alternative soul and funk being just some of the genres associated with her music – and has gone on to play at Glastonbury.
Gabriela Eva has recently released a new song, ‘HEY!’ with Riverfish Records on September 13 2019.
In an interview on April 20 2018, Gabriela Eva spoke to the ‘I was just thinking…’ blog about her dyslexia and her career. She said: “I only accepted being dyslexic three months ago [Jan 2018]. I swept it under the rug for ages. I found it hard to keep a job. People never fully understood me because I wouldn’t always speak about it. If I did, they saw it as a disadvantage…
“Dyslexia is not something to be embarrassed about…the more I accepted it and reached out, the better my life got. It’s quite a journey.
“I only learn creatively. Pretty much everything I learned I’ve taught myself. I studied music but I didn’t absorb any of the theory. I took it on myself to adapt and use my ear. I had a drive to be really accomplished. I hibernated and chipped away until something sounded good.”
On the project website it states: “’Everything is Going to be K.O.’ is a call-to-arms for a movement that questions the way we are ‘supposed’ to think, and demands that we do better for everyone.”
Kaiya has also previously done shows on the same topic, which debuted in 2018 at Gerry’s Theatre Royal Stratford East, and ran during the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also written for Huffington Post about her dyslexia and dyspraxia – read her article here.
Luke is a 28-year-old comedian from Essex. He was the winner of Essex Comedian of the Year in 2019, where nine young comics had just five minutes to outshine their competitors. The judges said that Luke is “a huge talent and certainly one to watch.”
His comedy often features stories about his autism, and on the Open Comedy website, it says: “[He] finds a way to self-deprecate on problems he’s had in life and jokes about things no one else cares to talk about.”
On his Twitter, Luke also points out that he is a vegan, enjoys watching a lot of films, and makes videos on YouTube.