chapter  7
Becoming creative
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There is a powerful public perception that being dyslexic means you are likely to be creative. For example, several years ago the website of the British Dyslexia Association had a long list of famous dyslexic people. Most of those named are well known for being creative, including Lord Richard Rogers (architect), Eddie Izzard (comedian), Lynda La Plante (script writer) and Benjamin Zephaniah (poet). Over 85 per cent of the famous names that were listed on the British Dyslexia Association website have made their mark in professions that we associate with being creative, such as the arts, design, music, writing and the media. There were virtually no scientists, engineers or business people in the list.