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“My dyslexia is my superpower, and I have always loved reading books.”

Writer, storyteller and keynote speaker

The importance of libraries

“My local library became my oasis, a place where I could read books and feel as if I were actually part of the stories I was reading.”

Why I write

“I have always been a storyteller. As such, I either share stories verbally or write them down.”

A moral duty

“While the publishing industry has made progress in increasing representation, more work clearly needs to be done in opening, and holding the door open to literacy for creators of colour.”

Laura Henry-Allain in conversation with Trish Cooke

“Children are not too young to have conversations around race and racism.”


Laura Henry-Allain MBE is a producer, storyteller, educationalist, and consultant. She is the creator of the JoJo and Gran Gran series, developed and produced by CBeebies and is the series’ associate producer. She is also executive producer on other shows that are currently in development, including Daddio & Co.

Her bestselling children’s book, My Skin, Your Skin, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu, explores race and racism, and empowers children to be the best versions of themselves.  In October 2023, her book My Family, Your Family was published.