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Adam - blinking talented!

9 Feb 2014

Adam Bojelian, a 14-year-old from the York area, has won the award of Eduzine’s ACE Young Achiever 2014 for his “exceptional literary ability”, thanks to his work as a poet and composer. What sets Adam apart from many other young writers is that he creates his work by blinking alone.

Adam has cerebral palsy, severe epilepsy and other health conditions. His mother Zoe discovered that he could communicate by blinking. Working together, Adam was able to communicate by blinking at particular letters and words, while Zoe made notes. Now, thanks to special software, he writes poetry that is gaining him a growing following. His song ‘Christmas Gibbons’ caught the imagination of Ewan McGregor and resulted in him working with Hollywood composer Tom Harrison. 

A pupil at Tadcaster Grammar School, Adam is establishing himself as a talented poet and songwriter. Among other accolades, he won the Brit Writers Special Achievement Award in 2010 and one of his songs reached number two in the iTunes children’s music chart. Perhaps one of his most coveted award is a Gold Blue Peter Badge - something he proudly declares on his own blog - In The Blink of an Eye. Adam has recently been nominated for a Young Epilepsy Champion Award.

Adam has daily seizures and spends much of his life in and out of hospital, something else he reflects on in his blog. He has always loved books and words and now edits his own poetry page on the online magazine Eduzine. He is keen to encourage other young people to write. Aspiring young poets can send their poems to adam@eduzine.co.uk

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