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Clarke fights dyslexia to write book

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Clarke fights dyslexia to write book

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A JOURNEY six years in the making has come to an end for Sylvester “Adelabu” Clarke.
The artist, designer, carpenter and now author has not allowed his struggle with dyslexia to hinder him from achieving his dreams and today marked the day his book My Journey to Freedom was launched.
The event took place in the L. V. Harcourt Lewis training centre of the Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union, Belmont Road, St Michael.
“I started writing six years ago and about two years ago I had to find someone to edit it. I wrote the book so people can understand there are things which can be put into place to help those with dyslexia and to show that, just because someone can’t read or spell properly, there is no reason to discriminate.
“I have faced a lot of abuse in my life but this book is proof you can have dyslexia and still be successful,” he said.
Clarke said he felt “fantastic” now his book was complete, thanking his editor G. Addington Forde as well as the credit union for having the book printed and for all its help over the years.
However, Clarke is set to begin a new journey. He said, once book sales did well, he was going to England to learn weaving in an effort to help others like himself.
“I want to do a one week course in weaving to improve myself and be better able to teach other dyslexic people how to empower themselves. Opportunities for us in Barbados are just too hard to come by,” he said. (CA)