An evening with Jonathan Bryan and Sir Michael Morpurgo
Thursday 12th July 2018
18:30 at Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Can you imagine not being able to speak or communicate? The silence, the loneliness, the pain. But, inside you disappear to magical places…
Eye Can Write is a hugely inspirational memoir from a 12-year-old boy called Jonathan Bryan who has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that renders him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. Jonathan was locked inside his own mind and unable to fully communicate with the outside world until he started using a spelling board to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known. Since then this incredible young man has gone on to advocate educational rights for disabled children in parliament, founded his own charity Teach Us Too, starred in a CBBC documentary, and written his own memoir using the most astounding prose. One of his main champions and literary heroes is Sir Michael Morpurgo who will be joining us in store to celebrate the publication of Eye Can Write, in which Jonathan shares his intense passion for life, and what it’s like to be him.
“A writer of great emotional and intellectual depth... His words tell us so much about our universal human resilience, our capacity for understanding, our longing to communicate. Jonathan has opened the door for us into his world, and reached out his hand to us in his writing. When we take his hand as we read, he is not locked in any more. And neither are we. We join him in his journey, he joins us in ours.” – Michael Morpurgo
At this exclusive event, Sir Michael Morpurgo will introduce and do a short reading from Eye Can Write, and Jonathan will introduce his memoir with the help of his sister Susannah, who will also read one of Jonathan’s poems. Please join us for what promises to be a truly special evening.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Jonathan Bryan’s Teach Us Too charity (www.teachustoo.org.uk), which promotes the teaching of literacy to all children regardless of their label.
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