Children’s TV star George Webster has brought out a new disability-focused book for children 

By Caitlin Kirkley and Charlie Dowey

George Webster, 22, author of ‘This is me’. (Photo credit: BBC)

‘This is me’ entered the world of children’s literature this World Book Day, a heartwarming picture book for children which explores a range of diverse characters and identities. 

This is charismatic television presenter George Webster’s debut novel which takes children on a journey of discovery as they come to learn about what makes each character so unique and interesting.

The fun of the story is also accompanied by colourful illustrations from the talented Tim Budgen.

Writer Webster, who was targeted by bullies during school, hopes this book will create a new approach in terms of thinking about learning disabilities. 

George, 22, an ambassador of the Mencap organisation, said: “People with Down’s syndrome have emotions and feelings like every other person. They [don’t] ‘suffer’ from the condition. I have an amazing life.” 

The picture book is the latest work by the BAFTA-winning CBeebies star, a project inspired by a poem that he shared on the CBeebies channel and eventually went viral.

When writing the book, Webster wanted to spread the message of acceptance and inclusivity as well as busting the myths around growing up with disabilities.

Many children have shared their love of the book on World Book Day 2023 by dressing up as some of the characters.  

Publisher Scholastic chose ‘This is me’ as their book of the month for the age 3-4 category for March 2023 and described it as a “genuine and heartfelt” story which “encourages children to celebrate each other’s differences.” 

Leeds-born George has always loved performing arts and joined the team of CBeebies presenters in 2021.

He is very passionate about championing the inclusion and representation of the disabled community across the media. 

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DMU students delighted to be on stage for Graduations

By Caitlin Kirkley, Esha Sancee and Charlie Dowey

Last week De Montfort University (DMU) students across a range of faculties returned to Leicester’s Curve Theatre for their graduation ceremonies.

Family and friends filled the theatre, all desperately waiting to see loved ones cross the stage and celebrate their achievements.

photography of people graduating
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The university also ensured that those who could not attend in-person still felt part of the day thanks to the livestreams posted to the university’s YouTube channel.

Importantly, the Covid pandemic resulted in big changes for graduation ceremonies at that time, because of social distancing measures leading to some understandable disappointment, but this year things were different.

Manali Jain

Student Manali Jain, who was awarded her Master of Science in Strategic & Digital Marketing, said she was “over the moon” with the experience she had at her recent graduation ceremony.

She noted that the ceremony ran smoothly from start to finish and there was plenty of assistance from staff ‘at every step.’

On the day, she received a free DMU badge as well as a bag and described the event as ‘the biggest day of her life.’

Her family were able to view everything directly from the YouTube livestream. The use of the livestream extended the reach of the ceremony allowing people to view the event from around the world.

Additionally, all livestreams can be watched back endlessly by the graduates themselves for those looking to relive their moment of stardom.

Lecturer Brian Dodds was among those staff on the platform stage to congratulate graduating Journalism students last Thursday.

He stated that after graduations had to be postponed for some students for up to two years due to the pandemic, the recent ceremony was a “joyous moment full of pride and achievements which was wonderful to see.”

He followed this, saying that the day is full of important moments, not only the formal ceremony but it also includes spending time with loved ones and having lots of photos taken.

In summary, he described it as a heartwarming and ‘proud moment’ to finally see students that he has worked with for several years complete their studies.

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