Raymond Antrobus was born in Hackney was diagnosed as deaf during childhood, He is a writer and educator and has achieved many accolades for his poetry, including the Ted Hughes Award, and Poetry Book of the Year from both The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
His picturebook, Can Bears Ski? illustrated by Polly Dunbar and published by Walker Books in February 2021, is the story of a young deaf bear, and inspired by Raymond’s own experiences.
In this episode, he talks with Nikki Gamble about the book and the challenges for education and support of deaf children in school.
Interview with illustrator Polly Dunbar coming soon.