Sally Gardner (Dyslexic Writer and Illustrator) is an artist, writer, and inspiration to all dyslexics, “I strongly believe that dyslexia is like a Rubik’s Cube: it takes time to work out how to deal with it but once you do, it can be the most wonderful gift.” Sally Gardner will be our main Guest Speaker at the DYSPLA Festival Gala & Press Night on 6th November.
Andrea Clark (Casting Director for TV, Films & Commercials) will be a Guest Speaker at the DYSPLA Festival Gala & Press Night on 6th November. As a dyslexic women running her own casting company, Andrea will highlight how she feels dyslexia has made an impact on her career.
June Kidd (Dyslexic Author and Artist) discusses her dyslexia and her book, Unshriven, which is a true and factual account of an extraordinary happening in her life. She is a writer with dyslexia who, having completed a course on Imagination, Meditation, and Mind Discipline (Silva Method) was able for the first time in her life, take charge of her butterfly mind, focus her attention, write 100,000 words spanning 300 years in this, her first book (now one of three) and learn how to spell at the age of 40. Click here for more info and here for her website.
Matthew Scurfield (Dyslexic Playwright and Actor) lives on the island of Gozo in Malta with his wife and son. Before coming to Gozo he was involved with many different theatre projects in the UK, traversing the far corners of the stage; from Dundee to Cornwall, from the pantheons of Berkoff’s London theatre Group, to Shakespeare’s New Globe, The Royal National Theatre and a lengthy adventure with ground-breaking Complicite. He has appeared in numerous films and television productions. Since moving to Malta, Matthew has overseen the renovation of three houses, completed his autobiographical book I Could Be Anyone and worked alongside some great actors. At time of writing, he and his wife Lena are working on a theatre project, based on his book I Could be Anyone, supported in full by the Department of Psychology Malta University, in collaboration with MPSDA (Malta PSD Association) and MDA (Malta Dyslexia Association). With thanks to Laurence Staig and the Promotion of English Trust for their generous support and in collaboration with MSFT, as part of the DYSPLA Theatre Festival, I Could be Anyone was first performed in the UK, in November 2010 and subsequently in 2011.
Dyslexia in the Material World a Short Walk
by Matthew Scurfield
Dyslexia runs through my veins
It’s not a fixed entity
It’s not tangible proposition
It’s not a disposition to be fixed
It’s much more natural, a living, breathing way of perceiving life.
Stanley Sutton (Dyslexic Academic) speaks about his research (the Primary Cause of Dyslexia) and Mr. David Hillidge’s BSc Hon trial findings from Stafford University.
Naomi Folb (RASP) is a researcher and publisher of dyslexic writers. She set up RASP, a dyslexia publishing company whilst studying for her Ph.D, as she became aware of the huge untapped talent pool of dyslexic writers who were overlooked by the more traditional publishing houses. Since its conception in 2007, RASP has published numerous publications most notably, an anthology that included the dyslexic writers Benjamin Zephaniah, Philip Schultz, Sally Gardner and Tom West. RASP has acquired a reputation as both a reliable source of information on dyslexia and a platform through which dyslexics can redefine dyslexia in their own words. At DYSPLA she will discuss the role of the editor, the importance of good design and the value of collaboration.
RASP will be speaking about dyslexic publishing: the importance of good design for dyslexia activism; the value of editors for writers: negotiating critical feedback and the freedom to experiment, collaborations; Aby Watson and Matthew Scurfield, the value of volunteers: how they are changing RASP