Beckley teenager’s inspirational book to help those with dyslexia

Keir Langmead, left receives his award
Keir Langmead, left receives his award

A teenager has been honoured at an award ceremony after writing a book to help youngsters with dyslexia.

Keir Langmead, 15, who lives in Beckley, was the winner of the Child of Sussex who has Made a Difference in 2016 accolade at the annual Child of Sussex Awards, held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton last week.

He was nominated by his mother, Tina, following his achievement in writing the book about dyslexia, called The Proud Prince of Positivity.

Keir himself is dyslexic and the story grew from extra lessons he has with Wendy Hatch.

The book is about a dyslexic boy who gets himself into a difficult situation and how he overcomes it. The book has been co-written by Keir and Wendy, is suitable for all children aged eight to 13 years and also for any adult who would like to understand the differences and difficulties that come with dyslexia.

Wendy, who lives in Fairlight, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Keir on this project. It grew from our sessions together into something that became very important to us both. From experience in my family I know the frustrations and difficulties faced by dyslexic people every day and the lack of understanding that they are often faced with, especially when it comes to school exam time.

“We have also taken a short presentation into primary schools in order to talk about dyslexia and the book. This has been a big benefit for Keir’s confidence and has helped several children air their worries about dyslexia.

“We hope the book will not only be something that dyslexic children can access and enjoy but will be an eye-opener to all readers.”

Keir said: “I really want to show the children that you can do things and to help the teachers understand we need to be taught differently because our brains work differently.”

The book is available on Amazon at £4.99.

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