Strictly come fencing for Dyslexia Awareness

Olympic fencing demonstrations in Wester Hailes, a film featuring Strictly star Kara Tointon and an exhibition by an international sculptor and designer - it must be Dyslexia Awareness Week!

In association with Dyslexia Scotland and BNYMellon, Edinburgh City Libraries have created a fantastic programme of exhibitions, workshops and events to mark Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011 across Edinburgh.

From events targeting young jobseekers to rapping workshops, "Dyslexia & Us", from Monday 31 October until Saturday 5 November, is bound to have something for everyone.

The highlight of the week is the launch of a hard-hitting and myth-busting book, Dyslexia and Us, which features personal anecdotes about dyslexia from a host of celebrities and 'ordinary' people. This book has been created by Dyslexia Scotland and will be published by Edinburgh City Libraries, with all proceeds going to Dyslexia Scotland.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convenor for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Yet again, our Libraries Service and Dyslexia Scotland have worked extremely well together to create a superb programme of informative and stimulating events to promote awareness. By raising the profile of dyslexia, we're better placed to help our children and young people overcome their personal challenges and discover the joys of reading and writing."

Cathy Magee, Chief Executive of Dyslexia Scotland said: "Working with Edinburgh City Libraries and BNY Mellon has once again been a pleasure and we are delighted with the diverse range of activities and events that are planned for this year's Dyslexia Awareness Week.

"This year's theme is 'Dyslexia and Us' and I would encourage anyone with an interest in dyslexia - whether personally affected by dyslexia or not - to check out the programme and reserve your places today. We are also particularly excited about the launch of the 'Dyslexia and Us' book - the stories describe the powerful impact of dyslexia on individuals, families, relationships, professionals and support staff. Anyone who wants to learn more should come along."

EVENTS PROGRAMME

Monday 31st October

  • Central Reference Library George IV Bridge - EH1 1EG 6.30pm - 8.00pm 

Opening of  Dyslexia Awareness Week Programme in Edinburgh, by Councillor Deidre Brock, Convener for Culture and Leisure.

Des Dillon playwright, poet, author,(BBC Scotland's soap River City, Me and Ma Gal, Blue Hen...) will be in conversation with: Cathy Magee, CEO Dyslexia Scotland; Tom Palmer, best selling children's author (Foul Play, Football Academy, Scrum...); and Michael Kelly, author. During the event, extracts from 'Dyslexia and Us', a poignant new book of comprising more than 100 diverse personal experiences of dyslexia, will be read.

  • Central Library Mezzanine Floor, 2.30-3.30pm

Artist in conversation. Mark Stoddart shares his experiences of dyslexia and discusses his work.

  • Wester Hailes Library, 1 West Side Plaza, EH14 2ST, 10.15am-11.15am

Keith Cook will be demonstrating his Olympic and Commonwealth Games championship fencing skills.

Tuesday 1st November

  • Central Library, Learning Centre, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG. 10am-1pm

Workers Education Association. Jessie Harrington from WEA will provide practical guidance for employers on how to assist employees with Dyslexia.

  • Blackhall Library, 56 Hillhouse Road, Edinburgh, EH4 5EG.  7pm - 8pm

Top selling children's author, Tom Palmer, will be in conversation with Edinburgh publishers Barrington Stoke.

  • Filmhouse Cinema, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ, 6pm- tickets £3

Kara Tointon: Don't call Me Stupid PLUS SHORT bAd. This screening will be followed by audience discussion with panel guests.

Wednesday 2nd November

  • Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Ave, EH15 1AU, 10am-11am

Keith Cook will be demonstrating his Olympic and Commonwealth Games championship fencing skills

  • Wester Hailes library, 1 West Side plaza, EH14 2ST. 10am-2pm.

16-25 years and applying for jobs? BNYMellon, Apex Hotels and Waitrose will be giving particular help to those with dyslexia on how to apply for jobs.

  • Muirhouse Library, 15 Pennywell Court, EH4 4 TZ. 2-3.30pm and Sighthill Library,Gate 55, 55 Sighthill Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4PB. 6-7.30pm

Arnaud Touanga, rapper musician, will lead workshops.

  • Oxgangs Library, 343 Oxgangs Road North, EH13 9LY. 6.30pm -7.30pm

Allan Wilson from CALL Scotland will demonstrate some exceptional assistive technology for those with dyslexia. This event is for all the family.

Thursday 3rd November

  • Central Library, Learning Centre, George IV Bridge,  EH1 1EG. 2-5pm

Workers Education Association. Jessie Harrington from WEA will provide practical guidance for employers on how to assist employees with Dyslexia.

  • Stockbridge Library, 11 Hamilton Place, EH3  5BA. 6.30-7.30pm

Allan Wilson from CALL Scotland will demonstrate some exceptional assistive technology for those with dyslexia. This event is for all the family.

Friday 4th November

  • Muirhouse Library, 15 Pennywell Court, EH4 4TZ. 10am-1.30pm

16-25 years and applying for jobs? BNYMellon, Apex Hotels and Waitrose  will be giving particular help to those with dyslexia on how to apply for jobs.

Saturday 5th November

  • Stirling Enterprise Park, Stirling FK7 7RP, 10.30am - 3pm

Dyslexia Scotland Annual General Meeting / Information and Networking Day.
Come along to Dyslexia Scotland's annual Networking Day for the opportunity to listen to contributors from the newly launched book 'Dyslexia and Us', including Paul McNeill, Scottish Football Association Regional Manager andTamsin Morrison, illustrator of the book cover. Eilidh Steel, musician and contributor to 'Dyslexia and Us', will perform with Mark Neal. Eilidh and Mark are a Scottish music duo playing traditional and contemporary tunes and songs with many of their own compositions on fiddle, guitar and vocals.
More details on 01786 446650 or info@dyslexiascotland.org.uk

EXHIBITIONS

Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November

  • Central Library, Mezzanine, George IV Bridge EH1 1EG

Mark Stoddart - International Designer. http://www.markstoddart.com/

  • Craigmillar Library, 7 Niddrie marischal Gardens, EH16 4LX and Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue, EH15 1AU

Andrew Crummy, local, national and international artist most recently noted for his artwork on the Prestonpans Tapestry, www.smallandcrummy.co.uk

DYSLEXIA CHATTERBOOKS

Dyslexia Chatterbooks meets monthly for children aged 8-12. Central Library, George IV Bridge. To book a place, please email wendy.pearson@edinburgh.gov.uk

 


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