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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Monday 7 May 2012

Giving Voice Blogfest Announcement

Ever wondered what it's like for someone who cannot express themselves?

Maybe they have a stammer?
Maybe their speech is slurred and it's an effort to control the muscles of their mouth to make the sounds clearly?

Maybe they have a problem with the social side of talking?

Are they someone who suddenly finds they can no longer speak as well as they used to through stroke or brain injury?
or at all because of a Laryngectomy operation?

Imagine the psychosocial impact of their speech impediment on their communication and interaction with family and others.

Jack Hawkins actor
The Giving Voice Blogfest is your chance to express what it means for those people in the form of a poem, excerpt, flash fiction piece. Maximum 400 words in length.
How does your character feel about his situation? How will they cope with the speech problem? Maybe your story will include a Speech & Language Therapist transforming their lives (as the above examples of well known films of real life demonstrate).

Sign up to the linky below and post your entry on the 4th June.

You will be raising much needed awareness for those who are speech and language impaired. The more people who Blog about this Blogfest and post up their stories the better it will be. Thank you.


  1. I'll post this in my community events, and may be back later to sign up on the linky. Gotta think about this one.


  2. What an amazing blogfest! I loved this BBC3 documentary on this gorgeous woman with Tourette's Syndrome - she's a musician and found expression through her music and singing! Beautiful woman! Take care

  3. Lovely idea for a piece of writing - was fighting shy of being first to sign up - but done it now :-) So better get my thinking head on ...
    Thanks for the blogfest - looking forward to it.

  4. Bless you Karla, I look forward to your entry.

    Thanks Jennifer, I hope you will join in or help advertise.

    Donna, would love to have you join and thanks for advertising it. x

  5. As an ex stroke nurse this caught my eye. I am just too busy at the moment. It is a wonderful idea!

  6. I really like this idea for a blogfest. Few of us have tried to write that kind of character, I'm sure. I'm moving 2 days before that, so I'm going to have to think about it.

  7. This is a great idea. I can't wait to write!


  8. This is a great idea. I feel like I have to write as a way to express myself, but it's difficult to imagine what it would be like for someone who has no other choice. I look forward to the challenge.

  9. This sounds like a wonderful blogfest. One of my childhood stories that I never forgot and always wanted to someday return to as more than a picture book was about a young girl who loses all 5 of her senses on the eve of her third birthday and eventually learns how to communicate again, partly with the help of her sixth sense. For this blogfest, I think I'll use a Deaf character I already have instead of revisiting the old one out of the blue.

  10. Oh wow Andrea,Carrie Ann and LG I am so looking forward to reading your entries!

    Theresa, I understand. Good luck with the move.Bless you for stopping by and commenting.

    Glynis, yes Stoke patients tell us much we have yet to learn about the brain and its role in communication.

  11. Does it have to be fiction? Can it be non-fiction? My five-year-old is non-verbal. I'd like to write about him.

  12. Wow, I'm excited for this. I'm not sure exactly what I'll choose to write about yet, but this subject excites me. Thanks!

  13. I'm really excited about this! I am hoping to bring some experiences from my job into this post.

  14. This sounds like a really unique and interesting blogfest! I'm not sure if I'll sign up yet, but I'll add it to my "upcoming blogfests" list for now anyway.


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