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Watch now: Cerrie Burnell on I Am Not A Label

The Inclusive Stories Festival is part of Scottish Book Trust's Sensory Storytelling programme, funded by The Mohn Westlake Foundation


This video will be available to watch on demand for those registered until Friday 18 February.

Watch actress and author Cerrie Burnell share two figures from her fantastic non-fiction title, I am Not a Label: 34 Disabled Artists, Thinkers, Athletes, and Activists from Past and Present. In this event, Cerrie introduces herself and her writing journey. Cerrie then shares two stories from the book, Eliza Suggs and Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, discussing their unique experiences, challenges, and why she included them.

After the event, if you want to share your stories or writing inspired by Cerrie's video(this link will open in a new window), please send them to us on Twitter using #InclusiveStories and @ScottishBkTrust. We'd love to see what your pupils create!

Preparing to watch

This event is suitable for children aged 7+. It is ideal for sharing with children with a hearing impairment, as Cerrie speaks clearly and slowly and audio describes herself.

We recommend watching this event before sharing it with pupils so you can check its suitability and prepare any additional resources you might need in advance. Some ideas are listed below.

Preparing Makaton or other symbol resources

You might like to prepare symbol resources or Makaton signs to support pupils to engage with Cerrie's event. Some key themes from the event are: