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Author: Mairi

Happy 2016 and here’s to super-readable books

As of January 2016 the ‘dyslexia-friendly’ sticker on our books will be replaced by one that says ‘super-readable’ instead. This is reflective of a message close to our hearts: just because a book is accessible to an individual with dyslexia or visual stress does not mean it is ‘for’ them and them alone. That message […]

Those darn publishers

Back in July at YALC we spotted a trend on the panels: many authors said they couldn’t answer sticky questions about what the industry will and won’t tolerate in content terms because these were ‘questions for the publisher’. There weren’t any book publishers on the panels and so some questions went unanswered. I don’t think […]

10 myths about writing for Barrington Stoke and reluctant readers

 1. Barrington Stoke is a ‘special needs publisher’ Rather as a bus designed to accommodate wheelchair users isn’t a ”˜special needs bus’, a book designed to anticipate and break down barriers to engaging with text is not a ”˜special needs book’. The term is ”˜accessible’ – open also to those with additional access requirements. Another […]

We can all be reluctant readers

On Wednesday night, I became a reluctant reader. I found myself in a situation in which I ‘had’ to read a particular book because someone other than me got to tell me to, and I didn’t like it. In fact, it really upset me. Here’s what happened. I agreed to take part in a TV […]