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Scottish Author Says It With Braille

October 7, 2014

A press release:

Trailblazing author Sue Reid Sexton – whose latest work was published in Braille at the same time as general release – will join Royal Blind pupils today (Monday) to celebrate the start of National Braille Week 2014.

Sue will read from her first novel Mavis’s Shoe – about a child’s experiences of the Clydebank Blitz – to a class of English and History students at the school. Wartime-themed snacks will be provided by the Home Economics team. The event is part of a mini literacy festival at the school this autumn, the ‘Falling Words Festival’.

Sue will also visit the Scottish Braille Press, who produce the Braille versions of her work. A member of staff with visual impairment will read from a Braille embossed copy of Rue End Street.

Speaking before the event, Sue said:

“I am delighted to be involved with National Braille Week.

“Royal Blind organise this week to celebrate the life-changing impact of Braille. If you can imagine a world without books, then that is the reality for many – or would be, without Braille and other accessible formats. Braille is a code that helps over 120 million people worldwide.

“I’m looking forward to a tour of the Scottish Braille Press and the Royal Blind School and to meeting the staff and pupils there. I’m going to read from my novels Rue End Street and Mavis’s Shoe – I’m very pleased that both books are available in Braille and thank you to the Scottish Braille Press for their hard, excellent work.”

Davina Shiell, Marketing Manager at Royal Blind said:

“Sue has been a huge supporter of Braille and other accessible formats so we are delighted that she’s here to help us celebrate National Braille Week. This is an important way to raise awareness of the difference Braille has made to so many lives.

“We hope that many people will be able to join us in celebrating National Braille Week this year by organising their own activities, taking part in our social media campaigns or viewing our exhibitions online.”

National Braille Week is organised by Royal Blind and runs from 6 – 12 October this year.

It aims to raise awareness of the importance of Braille and other accessible formats, and their many uses across the UK.

To find out more visit www.nationalbrailleweek.org

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