They offer guidance or reassurance that dyslexia, can be solved, or lessened. They point out the advantages, disadvantages, or what it looks like.
All too common, is the perception that dyslexics would be better off in a world without books, without language, without reading.
In November 2011, to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week, RASP released Forgotten Letters: An Anthology of Literature by Dyslexic Writers.
The book is a compilation of work by contemporary dyslexic writers, both renowned and emerging, including but not limited to,
- 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 and author of "The Autism Rights Movement");
- Thomas G. West (author of Thinking Like Einstein and In the Mind’s Eye. Watch his videos on YouTube);
- 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);
- Philip Schultz (winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry); and
- Benjamin Zephaniah (included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008).
Together they bring attention to the structure of stories, images in words, and the authors’ love of language.
As such, this anthology is about more than the forgetting of letters. It is a testimony to the value of writing to dyslexics.
It brings to the fore notions of authorship, and authority.
- who decides what dyslexia is? and
- who authorises if whether dyslexics can write, or not?
It provides a compelling read to all concerned with the limitations of representation and gives a voice to those who have been marginalised by literary traditions.
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There are three books currently be distributed by RASP The Dyslexic Collective, Tal and the ABC and Pokkadots and Abucuses.
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