Professor Maggie Snowling, President of St John’s College, will be giving the eighth annual British Academy Lecture at Ilkley Literature Festival on Thursday 17 October.

Professor Maggie SnowlingThe talk, entitled ‘Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction’, draws on the findings of Professor Snowling’s latest book, and will include discussion of how our understanding of dyslexia has evolved over time. Professor Snowling will also discuss the debate surrounding definitions and diagnostic procedures relating to dyslexia since it was first described in the British Medical Journal in 1896, and the contemporary views of dyslexia that have emerged following a century of research in an increasingly wide range of fields, including medicine, psychology, and neuroscience.

The lecture will be held at Clothworkers Centenary Hall in Leeds from 6-7pm on Thursday 17 October. The talk is free, but booking is required – you can book your place here.

Ilkley Literature Festival runs from 4-20 October 2019, predominantly in the small Victorian spa town of Ilkley, but with further events held nearby. Over the past forty years a variety of famous authors have taken part in the Festival, which now has a full programme of over 250 events over the course of the month, including discussions and talks as well as literary walks, workshops and exhibitions. You can find out more about the Festival here