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Halife Tunç is a 23 year-old university student living in İstanbul but studying in Kayseri. During our interview, he shared his journey growing up with a stutter, how he deals with stuttering at university, acceptance and projects for the stuttering community. In addition to his studies, he works as a Turkish-English translator remotely for a company based in UK.

Halife talks about growing up with a stutter, stuttering at university, acceptance and resilience

Halife Tunç is a 23 year-old university student living in İstanbul but studying in Kayseri. During our interview, he shared his journey growing up with a stutter, how he deals with stuttering at university, acceptance and projects for the stuttering community. In addition to his studies, he works as a Turkish-English translator remotely for a […]

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Sean Bw Parker (MA) is a British writer, artist, musician and academic specialising in cultural theory and justice reform. He has published a number of books and albums, won several awards – including a Koestler Arts platinum for play The Wolfstadt-Wire – and gave a TED talk in 2013. He holds BA and Masters degrees in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey, and lived and worked in Istanbul for ten years until 2014 as a musician and teacher. He has given talks at Istanbul University, Kadir-Has University, University of Bristol, Bristol BIMM, and Brighton Science Festival amongst other venues; and has been published in Time Out Istanbul, Louder Than War, The Epoch Times, TS Eliot Foundation, CIEO, New Thinking, STAMMA and Cosmopolitan. He has appeared at the Brighton Science Festival, on NTV Turkey, Rise TV, and BBC Radio Wales; in documentaries by Richard Vobes and Dogs On The Run films, on Sky Arts and on various podcasts. He has interviewed Ed Harcourt, Kristin Hersh, Julie Burchill, Danny Macnamara, Garry Bushell and Ian Broudie amongst many other musicians and writers, was a music columnist for Turkish magazine the Multicultural Guide, and ran the Seafish music and arts venue on the Sussex coast (in 2016). He has been Editor of False Allegations Watch – a division of the Empower the Innocent organisation, affiliated with the University of Bristol – since 2022, and was born in Exeter in 1975. His latest book can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Compelling-Speech-Stammering-Sean-Parker/dp/B0BW2QM7NY/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Sean Parker on his latest book and stuttering: ‘I didn’t want to lose my job, so I changed my name’

Sean Bw Parker (MA) is a British writer, artist, musician and academic specialising in cultural theory and justice reform. He has published a number of books and albums, won several awards – including a Koestler Arts platinum for play The Wolfstadt-Wire – and gave a TED talk in 2013. He holds BA and Masters degrees […]

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Raiani Sibien, founder of Stuttering Society, had a chat with Rutger Wilhelm, author of the book ‘Too Fast for Words’, about how she handled performing on stage and giving interviews as a singer/songwriter while stuttering. She also shared about stuttering at work and the journey of acceptance. Rutger is a person who clutters. If you want to learn more about cluttering, take a look at our interview with Rutger and his book, where he shares his journey with cluttering.

Founder of Stuttering Society talks music career, public speaking, stuttering and acceptance

Raiani Sibien, founder of Stuttering Society, had a chat with Rutger Wilhelm, author of the book ‘Too Fast for Words’, about how she handled performing on stage and giving interviews as a singer/songwriter while stuttering. She also shared about stuttering at work and the journey of acceptance. Rutger is a person who clutters. If you […]

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Rutger Wilhelm is chair-elect of the International Cluttering Association. Also, he is board member of the Dutch stuttering association and has served the board of the International Stuttering Association (ISA) in the past. Rutger has published a book about his experiences with cluttering: Too fast for words. For years Rutger was told by others that he stuttered. The fluency disorder had a disruptive effect on his life. To better cope with this, he attended all kinds of (group) stuttering therapies. Slowly he began to realize that he was “different” from other stuttering speakers. After he was diagnosed with cluttering many things started to fall into place. In this lecture he shares with you his personal voyage of discovery. We will discuss need-to-knows, tips, tools and strategies to better cope with the cluttering; on a mental and emotional level, or in interaction with others.

Author Rutger Wilhelm: how I discovered I clutter and my journey with cluttering

Rutger Wilhelm is chair-elect of the International Cluttering Association. Also, he is board member of the Dutch stuttering association and has served the board of the International Stuttering Association (ISA) in the past. Rutger has published a book about his experiences with cluttering: Too fast for words. For years Rutger was told by others that […]

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James Hayden is an HLA technologist, writer, and a person who stutters from the New Orleans area. James is the author of Dear World, I Stutter: A Series of Open Letters from a Person Who Stutters. His work has been published by The Mighty, The Stuttering Foundation, Stamma, Yahoo, and MSN. James has also appeared on several podcasts, presented at the National Stuttering Association conference, the Australian Speak Easy Association Virtual Conference, numerous universities, and was a speaker at TEDxOchsner 2019. He also serves as the chapter leader for the New Orleans chapter of the National Stuttering Association. Here’s a link to all of his articles: https://linktr.ee/jhayden93

Author James Hayden talks stuttering, hiatus, and acceptance

James Hayden is an HLA technologist, writer, and a person who stutters from the New Orleans area. James is the author of Dear World, I Stutter: A Series of Open Letters from a Person Who Stutters. His work has been published by The Mighty, The Stuttering Foundation, Stamma, Yahoo, and MSN. James has also appeared […]

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Isabel Espinoza is a make-up artist and social media influencer based in Colorado, USA. Isabel started stuttering at the age of 17 and after ups and downs in her stuttering journey, she decided to be a voice and help other people with disfluency. In this interview, she talks about resilience, raising awareness, motherhood and how her daughter changed her perspective on stuttering.

Makeup artist & digital influencer shares how motherhood changed her perspective on stuttering

Isabel Espinoza is a make-up artist and social media influencer based in Colorado, USA. Isabel started stuttering at the age of 17 and after ups and downs in her stuttering journey, she decided to be a voice and help other people with disfluency. In this interview, she talks about resilience, raising awareness, motherhood and how […]

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Malachi Kanfer is the Cantor at Congregation B’nai Jacob in New Haven, Connecticut and he also serves as the Education Director for Yahad, the joint Hebrew School of Congregation B’nai Jacob and Congregation Or Shalom.

Cantor Malachi Kanfer shares his journey as a musician who stutters

Malachi Kanfer is the Cantor at Congregation B’nai Jacob in New Haven, Connecticut and he also serves as the Education Director for Yahad, the joint Hebrew School of Congregation B’nai Jacob and Congregation Or Shalom.

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Karen Dipp shares her journey and talks about stuttering: “Embrace your stutter. People will like you for who you are. Be you!”


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