New tactile Book Club for blind and partially sighted people

This April we’re launching a new book club in Devizes for blind and partially sighted people.

Run in conjunction with charity Living Paintings, the ‘Touch to See’ Book Club aims to bring together blind and partially sighted people within their own community to enjoy interesting, stimulating and fun subjects.

The club is run by a trained volunteer, who will lead the session and subsequent discussion. The first topic will be based around “A Great Catch” and will explore two tactile images of catching and selling fish in the 19th Century. The first is “The Fisherman” painted by Henry Scott Tuke in 1888 and the second is “Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach” by Stanhope. A. Forbes painted in 1884/5.

‘Touch to See’ books have raised pictures that come to life when fingers feel them. These tactile books include soundtracks which tell the pictures’ stories while directing the fingertips across the raised images.  They describe what is being touched, felt and ‘seen’ and are often narrated by well-known faces.

The Club will meet here at St Lucy’s on the third Thursday of each month. The first session will be April 16 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Wiltshire Sight’s Direct Service Manager, Maggie Hemmings said: “ We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Living Paintings. It’s a new venture for us and we hope Book Club will give people the chance to enjoy some fascinating topics within a friendly and sociable group setting.”

If you are interested in coming along, do get in touch!