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The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mrs Boysis. Please contact me.

Mrs Boysis, you left a message for me, on my blog, a couple of weeks back. I posted a reply to your message under the blog post that you had commented on, asking you to leave me an email address with which to correspond with you on the matter of your enquiry. You have not done so, so far. Please do so.

I would would like to help you with the matter of your enquiry but I have no means to contact you, so I have not been able to do so. So, please post a comment below, leaving me a means to contact you. I shall not post anything private like your number or email address...so don't worry. Thank you.

Valentine Cawley

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Composers for Relief: Supporting the Philippines

Composers for Relief: Supporting the Philippines is a charity album, to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Ainan, 13, at the time, was invited by Peter Ebbinghaus, the German producer (from the company Soundtracks and Trailer Music) of this album, to contribute one of his own compositions to the album. Ainan then went to a recording studio, and, at our own expense, in support of the charity, recorded five of his compositions, to be offered to Mr. Ebbinghaus. He chose Renaissance – Ainan’s shortest piece, but the one that sounded most classical.

Renaissance was made available on Amazon and iTunes along with the entire album, on December 12th 2013. This marks the first time any of Ainan’s music has been commercially available to the public. You may download Renaissance from Amazon for just 99 cents, US or indeed the entire album of 28 tracks by 30 composers (some established, indeed famous, others up and coming), for just 8.99 USD on Amazon.

I do hope you can all support this charity initiative by buying the album or Ainan’s piece, if funds are tight. All profits go to Gawad Kalinga, an NGO working in the Philippines to distribute food packets to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. It is also working to reconstruct the damaged areas.

Some of you know that Ainan started out his intellectual life as a Chemist, then developed interests in Mathematics, Computer Programming and many other sciences and humanities subjects. When he was 12, he taught himself to play the piano and began composing immediately. Renaissance was composed when he had just turned 13 years old.

Renaissance is the first piece of music Ainan has ever made available to the world. I hope you take the step of buying it for your collection. It is just a short piece, yes...but it will one day be seen as a significant one, simply because it is the first piece of music, Ainan ever released. Also of note is that Ainan is the person playing the piano, in the recording...so you get to hear him play, as well as compose.

Of note is that Ainan published Renaissance in the same weekend that he released the film The Sempiternal, which he conceived, wrote, directed and edited. Thus he became a film-maker and a recording artist/professional composer, in the same weekend. That has to be a first of some kind.

Thanks to Peter Ebbinghaus of Soundtracks and Trailer Music, for inviting Ainan to contribute to Composers for Relief. Ainan much enjoyed the opportunity and feels privileged to have been able to contribute to such a good cause.

Thank you, in advance, for supporting the victims of Typhoon Haiyan by buying Ainan’s music.

The link to Renaissance, by Ainan Celeste Cawley, on Amazon is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Renaissance/dp/B00H9B6DVI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388983085&sr=8-1&keywords=renaissance+by+ainan+celeste+cawley

The link to Composers for Relief: Supporting the Philippines, the parent charity album, is here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9B5X8M/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1388983085&sr=8-1

Thank you.

Written by Valentine Cawley

(If you would like to support my continued writing of this blog and my ongoing campaign to raise awareness about giftedness and all issues pertaining to it, please donate, by clicking on the gold button to the left of the page.

To read about my fundraising campaign, please go to: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2011/01/fundraising-drive-in-support-of-my.html and here: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2011/01/fundraising-drive-first-donation.html

If you would like to read any of our scientific research papers, there are links to some of them, here: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2011/02/research-papers-by-valentine-cawley-and.html

If you would like to see an online summary of my academic achievements to date, please go here: http://www.getcited.org/mbrz/11136175To learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, 10, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, 7 and Tiarnan, 5, please go to: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2006/10/scientific-child-prodigy-guide.html

I also write of gifted education, child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, savant, megasavant, HELP University College, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, Malaysia, IQ, intelligence and creativity.

There is a review of my blog, on the respected The Kindle Report here:http://thekindlereport.blogspot.com/2010/09/boy-who-knew-too-much-child-prodigy.html

Please have a read, if you would like a critic's view of this blog. Thanks.

You can get my blog on your Kindle, for easy reading, wherever you are, by going to: http://www.amazon.com/Boy-Who-Knew-Too-Much/dp/B0042P5LEE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1284603792&sr=8-1

Please let all your fellow Kindlers know about my blog availability - and if you know my blog well enough, please be so kind as to write a thoughtful review of what you like about it. Thanks.

My Internet Movie Database listing is at:http://imdb.com/name/nm3438598/

Ainan's IMDB listing is at http://imdb.com/name/nm3305973/

Syahidah's IMDB listing is at http://imdb.com/name/nm3463926/

Our editing, proofreading and copywriting company, Genghis Can, is athttp://www.genghiscan.com/This blog is copyright Valentine Cawley. Unauthorized duplication is prohibited. Use only with permission. Thank you.) 

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Sempiternal: Ainan’s first film as director/writer/editor.

On the 15th December 2013, Ainan premiered his first short film, The Sempiternal, as director/writer/editor at the Malaysian Shorts film festival, at Art for Grabs, Annexe Central Market, and HELP University (on the 16th December 2013).

Ainan conceived, wrote, directed himself and edited the film, too, with a co-editor in Ignas Versinskas. This film marks Ainan’s first venture into a new realm of creativity building on his composition of the film score for the film Reflection, at the age of 12. This latter film was premiered at the Vilnius International Film festival earlier this year.

This recent revelation of artistic gifts, as writer, director and composer, may surprise some people, who have long seen him as a scientist...and in a way, it surprises us, too, to look back on how he was, when he was very young: ultra-focussed on Chemistry and Maths.

Ainan is beginning to explore the creativity within him – and I am doing what I can to facilitate him – in this case, making sure he has the crew and resources he needs, to make the films he wants to make (or whatever else it is he wants to make).

The Sempiternal will be entered for other festivals in the coming year. Eventually, we will make it available online for all to see – and as a permanent record of his first filmic work as writer/director/editor.

Incidentally, one of the judges of the Malaysian Shorts festival said after the film had been shown: “If we had an award for best actor, this would be it”. He was referring to Ainan’s film, The Sempiternal. I found this heartening, for one simple reason: I was the actor he was referring to! Thank you Diffan Norman, for your positive feedback.

The IMDB listing for The Sempiternal has begun to show on the site, at this time. It can be found here:


Ainan’s IMDB listing is here:


My IMDB listing is here:


Ignas Versinskas’ IMDB listing is here:


Diffan noted that Ainan was the youngest film-maker (13 years old at the time), to EVER show a film at the Malaysian Shorts in its entire ten year history. Malaysian Shorts is a quarterly event and in that ten year period, would have shown about 500 films. So, that Ainan should be the youngest person out of 500 or so film-makers, does put his achievement into context.

Well done Ainan!


Thanks to everyone who made this film possible, including Nabyla Feyaerts, Michael Hagerty-Roach (my body double) and Ignas Versinskas (the Director of Photography). 

A special thanks to Diffan Norman and Amir Muhammad (the founder of Malaysian Shorts), who were the judges for the competition, for choosing to show Ainan's film, The Sempiternal. Thank you.

Written by Valentine Cawley

(If you would like to support my continued writing of this blog and my ongoing campaign to raise awareness about giftedness and all issues pertaining to it, please donate, by clicking on the gold button to the left of the page.

To read about my fundraising campaign, please go to: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2011/01/fundraising-drive-in-support-of-my.html and here: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2011/01/fundraising-drive-first-donation.html

If you would like to read any of our scientific research papers, there are links to some of them, here: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2011/02/research-papers-by-valentine-cawley-and.html

If you would like to see an online summary of my academic achievements to date, please go here: http://www.getcited.org/mbrz/11136175To learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, 10, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, 7 and Tiarnan, 5, please go to: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2006/10/scientific-child-prodigy-guide.html

I also write of gifted education, child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, savant, megasavant, HELP University College, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, Malaysia, IQ, intelligence and creativity.

There is a review of my blog, on the respected The Kindle Report here:http://thekindlereport.blogspot.com/2010/09/boy-who-knew-too-much-child-prodigy.html

Please have a read, if you would like a critic's view of this blog. Thanks.

You can get my blog on your Kindle, for easy reading, wherever you are, by going to: http://www.amazon.com/Boy-Who-Knew-Too-Much/dp/B0042P5LEE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1284603792&sr=8-1

Please let all your fellow Kindlers know about my blog availability - and if you know my blog well enough, please be so kind as to write a thoughtful review of what you like about it. Thanks.

My Internet Movie Database listing is at:http://imdb.com/name/nm3438598/

Ainan's IMDB listing is at http://imdb.com/name/nm3305973/

Syahidah's IMDB listing is at http://imdb.com/name/nm3463926/

Our editing, proofreading and copywriting company, Genghis Can, is athttp://www.genghiscan.com/This blog is copyright Valentine Cawley. Unauthorized duplication is prohibited. Use only with permission. Thank you.) 

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