Saturday, 25 November 2017

Student returns to say thanks

IT was a happy return when author and public speaker Katherine Preston visited Queen Anne’s School in Caversham.

IT was a happy return when author and public speaker Katherine Preston visited Queen Anne’s School in Caversham.

She attended the independent girls’ school from 1995 to 2002 before moving to America six years later to get treatment for a stutter that she had developed at age seven.

She spent a year travelling around the country meeting hundreds of stutterers like her, speech therapists and researchers.

As a result, she wrote a book, Out With It - How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice, a powerful memoir of how she fought for years trying to change who she was until she finally learned to embrace her imperfection.

Miss Preston, who now lives in Brooklyn, was promoting the book at the Henley Literary Festival and took the opportunity to visit her old school and see her former English teacher Eileen Green and headmistress Julia Harrington.

“My favourite subject was English when I was a pupil,” she says. “I have many happy memories of hanging out with my friends during my time at Queen Anne’s.

“Writing the book helped me to work out who I was and has moulded me into the person I am today. I hope I have inspired other stutterers and made them realise they are not alone.”

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