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George Ella Lyon, a Kentucky author and literacy expert, will present a play and workshop at Greensboro College Sunday and Monday.

Lyon based her play, ``Looking Back for Words,' on research into her own family. It links her with her great-great-grandmother. Lyons used it to inspire new readers who she believes do best when they try to tell their own stories.Lyon has worked in the Kentucky literary project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and headed by Dr. Judy B. Cheatham, who teaches writing at Greensboro College. Two books Lyon wrote with the aid of new readers, ``Choices' and ``Slices of Life,' were the first of their kind used nationally in literacy programs.

``Looking Back for Words' will be seen at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre in Main Building on the Greensboro College campus. For reservations to the free performance, call the college at 272-7102.

Lyon will read from ``Choices' and her new novel, ``Little Splinter Creek,' and discuss her work at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Lea Center on campus. The program is free. No reservation is necessary.

Lyon will also speak Monday afternoon to media specialists from area schools on the evolution of stories from oral tradition to printed word. For information, call the Community of Readers at 373-2392.

Sponsors of the Lyon appearance with the Community of Readers are: Greensboro College, the Greensboro News & Record and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Region 5.

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