Improving Wellbeing Through Embracing Literature

Happiful Magazine

This National Storytelling Week, we share the incredible stories of three people with learning disabilities who are embracing literature as a way to improve the wellbeing of themselves and others.

Will, co-author of a dyslexic-friendly children’s book

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Learning Disability and Autism Leaders' List 2018 Winner - Creating Hal, the autistic protagonist

Dimensions 

Will is 17 years old and was diagnosed with autism when he was 6. While at school, he felt there were no books with an autistic main character, so he decided to create one.
“Will wanted other autistic children to have a mascot like themselves and to help other non-autistic children have a better understanding of how their classmates may be feeling.”

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Little Sutton teenager named in new project to speed up social change

Wirral Globe

A TEENAGER from Little Sutton who published his first book earlier this year has been named in the first ever Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List.
Will Hawkes, 17, illustrator of Amazon bestseller ‘Hal and the End Street’ which was published to raise greater awareness of autism was named in the list on December 3.

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Greenbank School pupil illustrates first book to raise awareness of autism

Northwich Guardian

A PUPIL from Greenbank School has illustrated his first book to raise awareness about the challenges people face with autism.
Will Hawkes, 16, from Little Sutton will launch his new book ‘Hal and the End Street’ at an event on March 27 at Concept Corner in New Brighton, Wirral to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week.
Written with the help and support of Liverpool-based children’s author Jude Lennon, the book fulfills one of Will’s life-long dreams and it’s hoped it will be the first book in a series of many.

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Little Sutton teenager illustrates first book to raise awareness of autism

Wirral Globe

A TEENAGER from Little Sutton has illustrated his first book to raise awareness about the challenges people face with autism.
Will Hawkes, 16, will launch his new book ‘Hal and the End Street’ at an event on March 27 at Concept Corner in New Brighton to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week.
Written with the help and support of Liverpool-based children’s author Jude Lennon, the book fulfills one of Will’s life-long dreams and it’s hoped it will be the first book in a series of many.

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Call for writers to back Little Sutton family’s autism awareness campaign

The Standard

PROFESSIONAL writers are being encouraged to support a campaign to raise greater awareness of autism.
The Awesome About Autism campaign was launched by Jane Hawkes, from Little Sutton, three years ago when she set up her online shop Seashore No 4 to provide work experience opportunities for young people with autism, including her 16-year-old son Will.
The campaign centres on finding opportunities to raise greater awareness of autism and promote better understanding of the hidden disability.

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Young Author from Ellesmere Port publishes book to raise awareness of autism

The Standard

A YOUNG creative artist from Ellesmere Port has illustrated his first book to raise greater awareness about the challenges faced by people with autism.
Will Hawkes, 16, from Little Sutton, will launch his book ‘Hal and the End Street’ at an event on March 27 at Concept Corner in New Brighton, Wirral, to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week.
Written with the help and support of Liverpool-based children’s author Jude Lennon, the book fulfils one of Will’s life-long dreams and it is hoped it will form the first in a series of many.

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‘Hal and the End Street’ is the Only the Beginning!

Geek Book Clubs – Autism Storytelling

An autistic illustrator works with a children’s book author on an ‘Awesome About Autism’ book series to give autistic children a mascot and help others learn about autistic coping strategies.
Will Hawkes was diagnosed with autism at age 6. He has always enjoyed drawing, but struggled with reading, especially finding books that he could relate to and that captures his imagination. At 17, he wanted to produce a book to help other children like him to feel more included. He partnered with children’s book author, Jude Lennon, who brought his stories and ideas to life. Successfully funded through Kickstarter, their collaboration has turned into a series of 3 stories. 

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Putting young readers in the picture about autism

Redrow Ledshaw Community Fund

A teenage illustrator is drawing on his own experiences to raise awareness and understanding of autism.

Will Hawkes, from Little Sutton, was 16 when working with Liverpool children’s author, Jude Lennon, he co-wrote his first book featuring a character with autism.

‘Hal at the End of the Street’ was published in 2018, followed by ‘Hal and the Parties’ earlier this year.

A third book is in the pipeline, along with school assemblies, with support from Redrow’s Ledsham Community Fund to help spread awareness.

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