Writers and sports stars throw spotlight on dyslexia

Fencing champion Keith Cook will be turning the spotlight on sport and dyslexia at a special event on Tuesday (6 November) to kick-off national Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Dyslexia Scotland and Edinburgh City Libraries are set to host a week long programme of activities and events in support, with one eagerly-anticipated highlight being the special showing of James Redford's 'The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia' at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

A series of talks will be held from writers as varied as Cathy MacPhail, Sally Gardner and Tommy Donbavand, as well as a number of youth-focused events featuring Paul McNeill from the Scottish Football Association and Scottish rapper Real A.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city's Culture and Leisure Convener, said: "This week long effort to raise awareness of dyslexia has now become a much-loved event in the libraries calendar and we're delighted to be supporting it once again.

"This year we have a superb programme of informative and stimulating events to promote awareness of dyslexia. In doing so we'll be better placed to help our children and young people overcome their personal challenges and embrace the joy of reading and writing."

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2012 will run from 6th -10th November. The theme this year will be 'Spotlight on Dyslexia', with a range of sub themes such as 'Spotlight on Sport', 'Spotlight on Employment', 'Spotlight on children and young people' and so on.

Cathy Magee, Dyslexia Scotland's Chief Executive, said: "This year's Dyslexia Awareness Week Programme, planned once again in partnership with Edinburgh City Libraries, throws the spotlight on dyslexia in a range of different and interesting contexts.

"We're really pleased that three of Dyslexia Scotland's Ambassadors are kicking off the week with a spotlight on sport at the Opening Night - it promises to be a fascinating start to a week of thought-provoking, entertaining and interesting events. If you'd like to find out more about dyslexia, please make sure you book your spaces today!"


Tuesday 6th November

Spotlight on Sport!
Central Library, Mezzanine Level (6.30-8pm)

In line with this thrilling year of Sport, come and toast Dyslexia Awareness Week in style with a glass of bubbly, in the company of great representatives from the sporting world, all of them Ambassadors for Dyslexia Scotland...be mesmerised by Keith Cook, fencing champion and inspired by Paul McNeill, Scottish Football Association and Chris Tiso of Tiso Group Limited.

To book please visit www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 0131 242 8022.

Spotlight on Young People!
Gilmerton Library (10.30am-2pm)

Cathy McPhail, highly acclaimed writer of gritty urban thrillers that tackle emotive contemporary issues, will be running inspiring sessions based around the novel 'Hide and Seek' published by Barrington Stoke- independent Edinburgh publisher dedicated to cracking reading.

Spotlight on Youth!
Central Library, George Washington Browne Room (12-2.30pm)

Celebrate Learning - Young adult learners celebrate their achievements with Paul McNeill from the Scottish Football Association and Arnaud Touanga, the rapper Real A. Hear other learners' stories and join in the celebration. Lunch provided. A partnership event with Edinburgh Libraries and Community Learning and Development Literacies for Employability (part-funded by ESF). For further information please email neil.saddington@ea.edin.sch.uk or phone 0131 458 5959/ 07771831726

Wednesday 7th November

Spotlight on dyslexia!
Film House Cinema, Lothian Road (5.45-8.05pm). Tickets will be available from the Filmhouse

'The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia' explores the complex and often challenging world faced by those who have dyslexia. Focusing on the positive aspects of dyslexia and incorporating creative animation sequences, James Redford's film emphasises specific areas where dyslexic people excel and suggests thoughtful strategies for their success. This special Scottish screening will be followed by audience discussion with panel guests invited by Dyslexia Scotland.

Thursday 8th November

Spotlight on authors!
Drumbrae Library Hub (6.30-8pm)

Jenni Brown, literary agent and founder of Edinburgh Book Festival is in conversation with two fantastic authors who write for young people - Nicola Morgan and Sally Gardner. Sally will be sharing her personal
experiences of dyslexia and Nicola is an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland and a former dyslexic specialist.  Be ready to be inspired! Sally's new novel, Maggot Moon, has a dyslexic hero at its heart and she will be demonstrating her enhanced i-book.
Refreshments. Book sales and signings. Families aged 10+ will love this!
email drumbrae.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or call 0131 529 5244

Friday 9th November

Spotlight on young people!
McDonald Road Library (10-12.30pm)

Sally Gardner will be sharing her personal experience of dyslexia and talking about her most recent novel, Maggot Moon- a speculative fiction novel set in a reimagined 1950s dictatorship with a dyslexic hero at its heart. 

Spotlight on children!
Oxgangs Library (2.30-3.30pm)

Be thrilled....and also chilled...by fantastic, hilarious, scary Tommy Donbavand! Author of Scream Street books and loads more...
Playwright of Planet Cooks (for CBBC TV) and loads more...
His scary books Virus, Zombies, Wolf and Uniform are published by Barrington Stoke -the independent Edinburgh publisher dedicated to cracking reading. Children aged 8 to 80+ will love this!
To book email oxgangs.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or call 0131 529 5548

For books on dyslexia search the library catalogue on www.edinburgh.gov.uk.

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