Publisher announces Dyslexic Reader edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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The UK’s leading publisher of audiobooks and large print is to publish a new Dyslexic Readers’ edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition), the script-book of the London-based play

The new edition, published by W F Howes Ltd, is in an accessible large-print format developed on research from the University of South Wales and the British Dyslexia Association.

It is estimated that around 15 per cent of the UK population have dyslexia or dyspraxia and the newly developed Dyslexic Reader format improves the reading experience with features such as specialist fonts, paper and layout. The publisher says the larger print and formatting will also benefit those with conditions such as visual impairment, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain injury and cerebral palsy.

Based on an original new story by J K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play, written by Jack Thorne, opened at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on 30 July 2016.

The Dyslexic Readers edition will be published on the 1 September, and is available to pre-order for libraries and consumers online. Its release coincides with UK leading sight loss charity Royal National Institute of Blind People giant print and braille formats making J K Rowling’s new work more accessible than ever before.

Dominic White, Head of Publishing and Commerce, W F Howes Ltd said:

We’re proud to be publishing the first ever Dyslexic Readers’ Edition for J K Rowling and making the eighth Harry Potter story accessible to the huge number of people with dyslexia.

Margaret Malpas, Chair of the British Dyslexia Association, said:

This is a marvellous initiative opening a world of pleasure for dyslexic children and giving them great motivation to persist with reading which will improve their skill.

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