National Writing Day

Discover inspirational deaf authors on National Writing Day

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Today is National Writing Day which made us think about the writers and books we love, particularly ones either written by deaf or hard of hearing people, or that feature characters who are deaf or hard of hearing.

If you’re looking to discover some inspiring writing, look no further, with a few of our top picks.

  • For crime lovers, Dark Pines, by Will Dean, offers up some Scandi-noir as protagonist, Tuva, a deaf journalist, strives to solve a cold case from twenty years ago.
  • In A Maiden’s Grave by Jeffery Deaver, deaf students are taken hostage by escaped convicts and use sign language as their secret weapon to hatch an escape plan.
  • For an insightful and moving exploration into the world of people who are profoundly deaf, Oliver Sacks’ Seeing Voices is unmissable, particularly for the way it highlights the value of the visual in a world of silence.
  • For young children, Raymond Antrobus’ Can Bears Ski? is a joy. It describes a little bear’s experience of being unable to hear his family and friends until one day, when he’s fitted with hearing aids.
  • For older children, try Samantha Baines’ Harriet Versus the Galaxy. A funny, warm tale of a hearing aid-wearing heroine and her adventures with aliens as she travels outer space.

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