The Festival of Dyslexic Culture Academic Symposium 2014

The Symposium runs alongside the broader cultural festival of Dyslexic Culture.

The symposium will explore the themes:

What is Dyslexic Culture?

What is the best thing about being a dyslexic academic?

What are the conditions for success?

All speakers and workshop presenters identify as dyslexic, dyspraxic, dyscalculic, AD(H)D or Aspergers, except for our guest speaker Professor Angela Fawcett who is leading the national Positive Dyslexia campaign.

Symposium speakers include:

  • Dr Nim Folb, Director of RASP , poet and author
  • Katherine Hewlett, Chief Executive of AchieveAbility, artist
  • Dr Anne Nortcliffe (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Dr Andy Hill, (De Montford), ex-police officer
  • Anne Morris (MA SpLDs courses leader, London Metropolitan University)
  • Pierre Marsh, ex firefighter, musician, Olympic sportsman and entrepreneur
  • Albert Lee (tutor, MA SpLDs, Dyslexia Association of Singapore)
  • Dr Ross Cooper, Director of AchieveAbility, SASC, creative and academic writer
  • Rachel Jones, teacher and award-winning blogger

Symposium workshops are on dyslexia and associated neurodiveristy and include:

  • the political economy
  • risk critical training
  • creative writing
  • art (& spiral thinking)
  • inclusive learning and teaching
  • the police force
  • inclusive practice in the supply of goods and services

In addition to the main seminar sessions, there are a series of concurrent symposium workshop choices.   Symposium attendees will also have access to further Festival workshops including dyslexia and prisonsvisualisation and emotions, acting and Matthew Scurfield’s ground-breaking ethnographic play I could be anyone, fresh from a highly successful tour of LSE, Cambridge, Oxford, Chicago and Bristol Universities.