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The business of writing: Conquering challenges

Writers with disabilities strive to achieve their goals on a daily basis. Simon Whaley chats to two writers about how disability influences their writing business.

After the spectacle of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games comes the Paralympic Games, where athletes with physical disabilities show the world what they’re capable of. Not all disabilities are physical, something Prince Harry focused on during this year’s recent Invictus Games, but living with a disability creates a range of challenges on a daily basis.

Yet those determined enough will find ways to overcome them, and that’s just as true for writers with disabilities as it is for Paralympic sport stars. Having a disability need not prevent you from being a writer, or force you to give up writing, but it might change the way you run your writing business.

Christopher Nolan was born with cerebral palsy and, despite only being able to move his head and eyes, went on to write poetry and novels. His childhood memoir, Under the Eye of the Clock, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1987.

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