Eileen Simpson

1918 – 2002 Author and Psychotherapist 🔊 Listen There was something wrong with my brain. What had previously been a shadowy suspicion that hovered on the edge of consciousness became certain knowledge the year I was nine and entered fourth […]

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Agatha Christie

15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976 Mystery Writer, Playwright 🔊 Listen Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was…an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so. Dame Agatha Christie was a […]

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Jane Elson

Children’s author and playwright. 🔊 Listen I was bullied at school. I was an undiagnosed dyslexic and dyspraxic, which made me an easy target. The kid who was clumsy and very uncoordinated – so easy to mock. I hated PE […]

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Hans Christian Andersen

April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875 Artist, Poet and Writer of Children’s Fairy Tales 🔊 Listen Hans Christian Andersen was a 19th century Danish writer. Although a prolific writer of plays, travel books, novels, he is best known his fairy tales, […]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940 Novelist & Short Story Writer 🔊 Listen F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, was notoriously bad at spelling. Although he was an avid reader and showed an early talent for writing, Fitzgerald was […]

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Avi

born December 23, 1937 Writer of children’s and young adult fiction 🔊 Listen Avi is the pen name adopted by by children’s author Edward Irving Wortis. He has written more than 70 books geared to children and young adults. He won the […]

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Gustave Flaubert

12 December 1821 – 8 May 1880 Novelist 🔊 Listen Having made a strenuous effort to understand the symbols he could make nothing of, [Gustave Flaubert] wept giant tears…. For a long time he could not understand the elementary connection […]

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Jeanne Betancourt

Children’s Book Author & Screenwriter 🔊 Listen People are often surprised to learn that I am dyslexic. They think that being dyslexic would prevent me from being a successful writer. I believe that being dyslexic has helped me as a […]

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Terry Goodkind

Fantasy writer, author of The Sword of Truth series 🔊 Listen I’m a born storyteller. My earliest memories are of telling myself stories. I lived with the characters from the stories in my head. When I was little I remember […]

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Sally Gardner

Children’s writer and illustrator. 🔊 Listen Dyslexia is not a disability – it’s a gift. It means that I, and many other dyslexic thinkers can portray the world through images because we think in images. I can build worlds, freeze […]

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