Julia toasts disabled writers’ success

TV presenter Julia Bradbury visited Mencap, in Park Grange Road, Sheffield, to help launch a new book of short stories written by people with learning disabilitys. Our picture shows Julia with four of the authors, from left, Lisa Johnson, Steve Morgan, Billy Mitchell and Ian Lowery. Joining in the launch is Julia's dad Michael. pictured at the rear.

TV presenter Julia Bradbury visited Mencap, in Park Grange Road, Sheffield, to help launch a new book of short stories written by people with learning disabilitys. Our picture shows Julia with four of the authors, from left, Lisa Johnson, Steve Morgan, Billy Mitchell and Ian Lowery. Joining in the launch is Julia's dad Michael. pictured at the rear.

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A creative writing group for people with learning disabilities in Sheffield was joined by a very special guest as members celebrated the publication of their first book.

The collection of short stories for children has been created by members of a group which meets regularly at Sheffield Mencap and Gateway, in Norfolk Park.

TV presenter Julia Bradbury visited the charity to see the book - called Nowhere The Warmth Can Escape - unveiled with a ‘red carpet launch’.

The group’s organiser, Jonathan Raimondi, said the event was ‘an incredibly proud night’, adding: “They create the most beautiful stories. We’ve made a real point of wanting to do them justice.”