Can Bears Ski? Raymond Antrobus

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Thursday 13 July 2023

11:00 am

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Can Bears Ski? is the debut children's book from award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus about a father-and-son journey into the discovery and management of deafness.

ISL interpreter, Keira O'Connell, will join Raymond for this event. Ages 3+

Admission: Free but ticketed. Age 3+. ISL Interpreter

Boy Bear cannot hear Dad Bear coming to wake him up in the morning. He only grasps little bits of what his teacher and friends say to him. And, all the time, Boy Bear keeps hearing the question, “Can bears ski?” What does it mean? With the support of Dad Bear, Boy Bear visits an audiologist and gets hearing aids. And suddenly, he understands… “CAN YOU HEAR ME?” Now with an illustrated BSL alphabet included, Raymond and illustrator Polly Dunbar draw from their personal experiences of deafness to show how isolating it can be for a deaf child in a hearing world and all the many different ways to communicate love.


Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus was born in London, Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is the author of To Sweeten Bitter and The Perseverance. In 2019 he became the...

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Keira O'Connell

Keira O'Connell is a freelance Irish Sign Language interpreter based in Cork. She studied ISL interpreting at the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College, Dublin. With previous experience assisting...

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