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Reading for wellbeing – free event

I’m so glad people keep asking me to come and talk about reading for pleasure and, specifically, readaxation. It allows me to share the wonderful new scientific evidence for the...

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Teenage stress and dyslexia – #dyslexiaawarenessweek

It’s Dyslexia Awareness Week so I’m reposting this article I wrote as Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland. It’s all about the extra stresses for teenagers with dyslexia – and...

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Study Skills + Exams – event resources

These resources are specifically for the audiences at my events in Edinburgh this evening and in East Kilbride on Nov 19th. Article on night-time use of social media...

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Sleep advice for a teenager

I had a message from a 14yo boy who wants advice on how to sleep better. I asked him a few specific questions and he said that he...

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Readaxation and you – a free event

I’m doing a free public event all about the power of reading for pleasure and wellbeing – READAXATION – in a library in Kirkintilloch nr Glasgow on Oct 21st. Please...

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