At the Edinburgh festival...

a photo of poppy book

One of Scotland's most promising new young talents from the University of Dundee made her first appearance at the Edinburgh book festival reading from her popular illustrated children's books and leading imaginative workshops for children.

Lindsey Gardiner, a part time lecturer and graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone started working on children's books while studying printed textiles. She explains: "I was really keen on designing textiles for children then after I graduated I did my masters in children's design. After entering my first attempt at an illustrated children's book for the Macmillan book prize, the original entry was picked up by Orchard books, evolved into Poppy and Max and was then published."

The University's PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) Group promoted their latest project to create books for profoundly disabled children during the festival in August.

During the Real Lives: Real Stories project, PAMIS members worked with parents and teachers to create individualised, multi-sensory stories, which take account of sensory and communication problems of the child and help them to develop pre-literacy skills.

So far, more than 50 stories have been developed by PAMIS staff based at the University's White Top Centre and these were displayed in the children's tent at the Book Festival.

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