Article: Jonathan White
Photographs: Used with permission from Helen Kay
In 2016 local poet, Helen Kay, wrote a pamphlet about chickens. Since then Helen and her sidekick chicken puppet, Nigella, have been clucking away at many local venues.
Now, four years later, Helen will be releasing a new pamphlet, This Lexia and Other Languages on 1st July 2020. The book explores the experiences of being dyslexic at different stages in life and the way it shapes family relationships.
Described as poems which are ‘alive and beautiful’, the poet embraces both the positives and negatives of dyslexia. The poems capture the full range of emotions from joy to anger. Kay draws upon her experiences and her professional insights as a dyslexia tutor.
Though some of the poems have taken ten years to write, in 2018 Kay undertook a project to create a platform for dyslexic poets and artists. This became a catalyst for her to make some of her poems into videos and to put the sequence of poems together.
Instead of a face-to-face launch, the poet will be reading some poems as a live Facebook event on 19th July at 3pm followed by questions and answers. As Kay points out, ‘this is not an easy time for performers of any kind. At a time when people are fighting to survive, other issues can seem less important. In reality they are more important than ever. The pamphlet will be published by v.press.
Copies are available from v. press from 1st July onward or via the author: firstname.lastname@example.org
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