Dam-Burst of Dreams
The Nolans decided to sell up and move to Dublin so that he could attend the Central Remedial Clinic School there. When he was 11, he was given access to a new drug, Lioresal, which helped him gain some control over his head and neck, allowing him to use a typewriter with a head stick. For the first time in his life, he was able to communicate with words.
He made a remarkable career as a novelist and wrote several books by using a pointer strapped to his forehead to painstakingly tap out letters on a keyboard. This documentary from 1981, was produced around the time that Nolan published his first book 'Damburst of Dreams' when he was just 15.
His second book, 'Under the Eye of the Clock', an autobiography written in a biographical style, received critical acclaim and went on to deliver him the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 1988. His final book, 'The Banyan Tree', a fictional work detailing the life of a married woman, was published in 1999.
Christopher Nolan died in 2009, aged 43.