What a busy week it has been! I visited the three schools participating in my pilot scheme. Each class read ARTY TARDY and we analysed it together. I got some really good constructive feedback and they told how much they are enjoying it. I’m so pleased that it has already helped so many adults and children alike to understand life from the perspective of a child with autism for that was the aim of the book. It’s good that it has provoked so much thinking and already it is the favourite book of two autistic children in the schools I am working in. I am truly humbled – and delighted.
My son, the budding photographer and also the book cover designer was on hand to take photographs and did a great job. The story will be going to press shortly.
There has also been interest in the book from educational press and establishments and the book itself is going to be offered in various competitions – I will keep you posted!
If anyone wants a taster – pop along to my website and listed to the first two chapters! I hope you enjoy!
I am spearheading a pilot scheme across three boroughs using ARTY TARDY as an educational tool in order to promote inclusion.
Three schools from Newham, Dagenham and Redbridge have expressed an interest and have started reading the book with children. The hope is that it can help to integrate SEN pupils and promote understanding of Autism and in particular Asperger. There has already been some excellent feedback with pupils and parents who have connected with the book and for whom it has made a difference.
It has also just been selected by a school as a resource to fulfil the Inclusivity Module for their QuILT Accreditation – great news!
There is a PHOTO SHOOT next week where I look forward to meeting pupils, reading the book with them and having a Q&A session!
I’ll keep you updated about future news/media interest as it comes in.
Don’t forget to check out the Children’s Review page on my website to read what some of the children have to say!
Shakespeare’s Macbeth was given a fresh airing last night at Stratford Circus Theatre! Director Jatinder Verma did a sterling job – the cast of eight doubled and even tripled up their roles with professional ease with Rax Timyr playing not only part of the chorus but also providing music (particularly fine drumming and even beatboxing!)
Robert Mountford gave a stirring performance as Macbeth wearing his clan’s turban as a crown complete with ceremonial robes and sword, a truly ‘resplendent Mughal Emperor’.
What an inspired interpretation of the witches as hijras – a legally recognised third gender in India and Germany and made complete sense when you find out that ‘being outside the norms of gender, hijras see themselves as part of a spirit world that traces back to the half-man half-woman god, Ardh-Narishwar’. It was all incorporated sensitively and seamlessly into Shakespeare’s play in such a way that it made this British-Asian fusion an instant success.
Loved seeing so many young people there too! another fine production by Tara Arts in association with Black Theatre Live and Queen’s Hall Arts. Check out the latest news on their website http://tara-arts.com/#/
*Quotes are taken from the show’s programme ‘Director’s Note’
What a lovely comment left on my FaceBook page – humbling and heart warming
I was a guest speaker at Dagenham Library celebrating ALL WOMEN’S DAY where I read extracts from my books and talked about what inspired me to become an author. It was a wonderful day with so many astounding women talking about their various enterprises and achievements – in particular the esteemed lady Mayor of Barking and Dagenham herself Elizabeth Kangethe who was interested in ARTY TARDY! What an inspirational lady she is!
What a wonderful review!!!
“The book isn’t preachy, and nor is it moralistic. It does, however, pack a powerful message: That schools must do more to facilitate the inclusion of SEN children. It also identifies the single-most important point of mainstream education – that no children, with and without SEN, are “mainstream” at all. All children need the support of their peers and teaching staff to thrive.”