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Jack Thorne to deliver speech about disability

Jack Thorne
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British acclaimed writer Jack Thorne will deliver the James McTaggart Memorial Lecture at this years’ Edinburgh TV Festival.

The author of BBC drama His Dark Materials and hit play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was was diagnosed with cholinergic urticaria when he was a student at Cambridge University.

Thorne’s prestigious speech in August will focus on disability on British TV, a subject very close to his heart.

He said: “I am ridiculously honoured to be asked to deliver this year’s MacTaggart lecture. It’s an opportunity I never anticipated, but an opportunity I am determined to use. This country has a glaring problem at the moment and it’s in its treatment of disabled people.

“In the last two years people have died who didn’t need to, and those that survived were treated appallingly, ignored and shut out. We lived and live in a two-tier society, those with ‘Underlying Health Conditions’ (a disgusting term) and those without.

“Our industry has a record of shutting out disabled voices itself but now has an opportunity to step up and take responsibility, both for its history and its future. We are the empathy box in the corner of the room and we can change things. I am far from the perfect advocate for this but will do all I can to further this vital conversation.”

The Edinburgh TV Festival takes place August 23-26.