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Dyslexia and Me writing competition winners announced

The three winners of the Gloucestershire Dyslexia Association writing competition have been announced. They were given their prizes by Stroud children’s author and poet, John Dougherty at a special ceremony in Stroud Library. As well as reading out the winning entries, John also entertained the audience with readings from his own books, including Dinosaur Dinner Ladies.

 

The winner of the junior category was by eight-year-old Lowri. In her poem along the theme of Dyslexia and Me, she wrote: “I feel as if white snakes are moving along the page when I read. I really like animals, and I am very good at knitting.

 

When I had just turned eight, I went to the optician. The man said that I might have dyslexia. I always feel sad because I find it hard to read.

 

My brother learnt to read when he was seven. I feel it is not fair. I sometimes feel I am the odd one out. I am good at lots of things, like handwork and playing musical instruments. My uncle has dyslexia. My granny used to get cross with him because he could not read. I think that was mean, but she did not know that he had dyslexia.

 

I am slowly getting better at reading. My mummy has helped me. Sonja, the class one teacher, used to do reading with us. She gave me lots of time. That helped. I hope I can read soon.”

 

 

The secondary school age competition winner was eleven-year-old William Tull from Dursley. He titled his short poem – Stop talking! It describes the difficulty that people with dyslexia sometimes have when reading aloud and being frustrated because of the reaction of others. He wrote: “Why are you talking? Sssh! Why are you talking out loud? Sssh! Stop thinking out loud? Sssh! I just want you to be quiet! Sssh! I can’t do my work! Sssh! You’re stopping me from doing my work! Sssh! I just want to go to lunch!” For this one, John did a ‘call and response’, so everyone had to do a Sssh after every line.

There was a special category for overall winner, 16-year-old Jasmine Fishwick, also from Dursley.

She wrote: “Many won’t understand what it’s like for a dyslexic brain: Being in a hall everything swirling around the letters jumping about the page everything merging into one but it’s okay because as long as I learn to spell like vulnerable and unpredictable it will all be okay, yet they don’t know how hard that is in a dyslexic brain.

“Because before we even step into the exam, we are at a disadvantage. All the spelling bees causing sweat and tears because it is always a lot harder for a mind like mine; many say it can be a superpower which I think is true we see the world differently however our superpower gets turned into an enemy the school system holds no-fault because as long as you can pass the English paper and pass the spelling bee then nothing else matters…

“I wouldn’t change being dyslexic it has taught me so much, but I really wish I can turn and say, ‘live in a dyslexic brain for a day’.”

The mother of Lowri, said: “It was a really lovely event. I found the children’s work so touching. Lowri enjoyed it a lot and it was very comforting for her to know that she is not alone, and it is going to be okay.

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