“Forgotten Letters” by dyslexics; just in time for ‘Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011‘ in London, October 31 – November 6th 2011
Dyslexics may forget a few letters and twist them around when they write, but Naomi Folb the mastermind behind Forgotten Letters and the writers of the anthology, have explored the creative talents that make dyslexics superb writers. Through the first published book of it’s kind she aims to honor their uniqueness. “Forgotten Letters” A Literary Anthology of dyslexics writers is by dyslexics and contains poetry, prose, short stories, and excerpts from longer publications.
Hold on a minute, who are these dyslexic writers?…
Writers who identify themselves as dyslexics, such as Philip Schultz (winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry); Benjamin Zephaniah (voted the nation’s third favourite poet of all time (after T S Eliot and John Donne) in a BBC poll in 2009 and included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008), Billy Childish (co-founder of the Stuckism Art Movement); Andrew Solomon (winner of the 2001 National Book Award and finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize); Thomas West (author of Thinking Like Einstein and In the Mind’s Eye) and Sally Gardner, (winner of the 2005 Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award and, shortlisted for the British Children’s Book of the Year in 2006) and many other successful writers, including Caroline Gardner, who has contributed the four anthologies that will be included in the British Library and distributed in further libraries across the U.K. and Republic of Ireland.
This unique book will be launched by RASP just in time for ‘Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011’ in London, October 31 – November 6th 2011, (at 26 Crowndale Road, NW1 1TT London, United Kingdom). (The book will be introduced on November 2nd at 6pm).
RASP will be launching the book there. The aim of the festival is to bring together dyslexic writers, artists, performers and creatives to network and showcase their work. There will be performances, music, readings, talks as well as an exhibition. www.facebook.com/dyslexicwriting?ref=ts
World renowned writer Margaret Atwood is sponsoring the Forgotten Letters campaign and you can help by buying this book or sponsoring the next book to be made. The Queen herself has shown support of this project since Princess Beatrice is also dyslexic.
The Dyslexia Think Tank (Dyslexiathinktank.org) board vice chairman and creative director, Kristi Frlekin, says she is “especially proud to promote this terrific project”.
Kristi Frlekin and Rose Kuntz, the Dyslexia Think Tank chairman, are going to London from sunny California for the launch.
There are so many great samples in the book, but I picked out this one because I loved the tile, and it’s so descriptive Here is a sample. Enjoy.
Penny the Pig
By Kristen McHenry
Penny’s favorite sucker, her ever-lasting
gobstopper, was a plastic Fun Family Collection
boy-teenager figurine in a red striped
t-shirt and khakis, with a stiff curlicue of
yellow hair, and black slash eyebrows. His
shoes were lumpy white globs of resin
like something had gone
wrong on the assembly line.
She dug him up behind the barn the night Cecily
left him there during the hailstorm.
Penny kept him safe from the other pigs; dragged
him off and buried him each night, sat
jealously near his dirt hole,
until she dug him up again, rolled
him with her overheated tongue, and
shook him in her mouth as though to snap
his rigid little neck. After a week
he was a pockmarked mess, his brows
mottled with teeth pricks and his
blob-shoes dull with grime.
Penny had made him his own. Broken him in.
Penny screamed and grunted the night Cecily
figured where he was and stole him back. She smacked Penny
with a split-off fence panel and ran
into the house sobbing, clutching the boy by his
dented chest. She spent all night scouring
his body with a potato scrubber, and painting
his shoes with Great Grape nail polish.
She filled in his brows with magic marker and put him
back on her bed stand with the dad, the Grandpa, the
Mom, the prim sister,
and the squinty aunt with a feather hat.
If your dyslexic and missed that deadline to write in the book, there will be more to come in the future so look out for RASP, in the meantime check it out!
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