Adam Bojelian who writes poetry by blinking up for national award

Adam Bojelian with his parents Zoe and Paul

Adam Bojelian with his parents Zoe and Paul

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AN inspirational boy who writes poetry, songs and stories through blinking has been nominated for a national award.

Adam Bojelian, 14, of Bilbrough, near York, has very severe epilepsy and cerebral palsy as well as other medical problems which mean his only movement comes from his eyes and head.

With the support of his mum, teachers and nursing staff, Adam composes his work by looking at letters and lists and by blinking.

He has now been shortlisted for the River Island Inspirational Award, at the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards 2014.

It is the latest potential award for the Tadcaster Grammar School pupil, who has previously won a Brit Writers Award and written a song which peaked at number two in the iTunes children’s music chart.

Adam said: “I’m overwhelmed and delighted to be shortlisted for the award and can’t thank everyone who has supported me enough.

“I’m really happy to show what can be achieved despite severe epilepsy.”

He now needs votes to win.

Adam, who has daily seizures and has spent half of his life in hospital, recently moved with parents Zoe and Paul to Bilbrough.

More recently, Adam has been asked to compose a song for Leeds Rhinos and he also edits his own poetry page in Eduzine magazine.

In 2012, he wrote a Christmas song which attracted backing from Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor.

His song, called the Christmas Gibbons, tells the story of how Santa only manages to deliver his presents in one night because he has an army of monkeys to help him out.

Lisa Farmer, chief executive at Young Epilepsy, said; “This is the most prestigious of all the categories at the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards.

“It recognises an outstanding individual or individuals living with epilepsy who have used the obstacles they face through their condition to bring about opportunities to inspire and motivate others.

“This year, we couldn’t decide so we opened it up to a public vote.

Good luck to all the nominees, and I look forward to finding out the winner on March 26.”

Earlier this year, mum Zoe, said: “It’s amazing he can do this. He is very determined. A psychologist said when he was as young as two, that because of the things he couldn’t do, he would really focus on the things he could.”

To vote in the awards online, visit youngepilepsy.org.uk/river-island-inspirational-champion

Voting ends on March 16, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in City Hall, London on March 26.

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