Dyslexia Awareness Week, 2012 Programme

“Spotlight on Dyslexia” is the theme for this year’s Dyslexia Awareness Week, in association with Dyslexia Scotland

You can also download the Dyslexia awareness week programme 2012

Spotlight on Sport!

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.

A great follow-up to last year’s talk by former Scotland rugby star Kenny Logan:

Central Library (Mezzanine Level), Tuesday 6th November, 6.30-8pm
Book online or phone 0131 242 8022

Spotlight on young people!

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.

Gilmerton Library, with invited young teens, Tuesday 6th November, 10.30am-2pm

Celebrate Learning – Spotlight on Youth!

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).

Central Library, George Washington Browne Room – invited audience of young adult learners. Tuesday 6th November, 12-2.30pm
For further information please email neil.saddington@ea.edin.sch.uk or phone 0131 458 5959/ 07771831726

Spotlight on dyslexia!

‘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 UK premiere screening will be followed by audience discussion with panel guests invited by Dyslexia Scotland.

Filmhouse Cinema, Lothian Road. Subsidised tickets will be available from the Filmhouse. Wednesday 7th November, 5.45-8.05pm

Spotlight on authors!

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. Both authors have dyslexia and will share their experiences. 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.

Drumbrae Library Hub, Thursday 8th November, 6.30-8pm
Refreshments. Book sales and signings.  Families aged 10+ will love this!
Email drumbrae.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or call 0131 529 5244 to book.

Spotlight on young people!

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.

McDonald Road Library, with invited young teens, Friday 9th November, 10-12.30pm

Spotlight on children! – CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Be thrilled….and also chilled…By fantastic, hilarious, scary Tommy Donbavand! Author of Scream Street books… 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!

Dyslexia Chatterbooks meets monthly for children aged 8-12 in the Central Library. To find out more please email wendy.pearson@edinburgh.gov.uk

For more information about dyslexia, visit Dyslexia Scotland

Dyslexia and Us’, a book by Dyslexia Scotland published by Edinburgh Libraries will be available to buy at many of the events and at Central Library, George IV Bridge.

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