As a result of Pat Graham’s letter, published in the Scotsman newspaper in September 2017, where she asked Edinburgh International Book Festival organisers to include events for her book loving daughter Lauren (29), festival organisers went on to meet with representatives from both PAMIS and the National Involvement Network (NIN) who they are now working with to include increasing accessibility to programmed events in their 2018 Festival. Such an event is being trialled by the Edinburgh International Book Festival organisers as part of their ReimagiNation: Glenrothes Festival in Rothes Hall, Fife on the 18th of May with ‘The Teeger that Cam for his Tea’ which brings to life a new Scots version of Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea in an interactive storytelling session, including songs, games and sensory play, specially created for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and their carers.
We are hoping that the resulting success of this event and the introduction of further inclusive events by Edinburgh International Book Festival, the world’s biggest book festival, will encourage other events around the country to follow suit. Maureen Phillip, Senior Director, PAMIS “PAMIS are absolutely thrilled that the Edinburgh International Book Festival have announced their intention to include more accessible public events in Charlotte Square Gardens for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. We have been working closely with the book festival team to support them to make their events inclusive for people with learning disabilities and it’s great to be a part of their journey to make the festival fun for everyone”
Catherine Jones, Creative Learning Manager at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said “The Book Festival have worked with people with profound and multiple learning difficulties through our Booked! programme of events outside Charlotte Square Gardens, and through our wide-ranging schools programme. We are delighted to be working with PAMIS to bring events of this nature to a wider public audience.”
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