Included in each Living Picture Book is an audio soundtrack, this describes the illustrations on each page and guides the fingers over the feely pictures.
The person who reads the audio description plays a vital part in bringing the pictures to life for the library members. We carefully choose these readers because they can lift the words from the page and spark the listener’s imagination.
For Mole’s Sunrise we asked multi-award winning actor Jim Broadbent to lend his voice to the audio description – he said YES and kindly took time out from rehearsing for his film at Pinewood Studios. The recording session took place at Cameo Productions in central London.
Jim Broadbent in studio lending his voice to Mole’s Sunrise
Liz and Nina working the sound desk during Jim’s session
Cameo have been working with Living Paintings for many years, assisting us with recordings. They are based in central London, which is a convenient location for many of Living Paintings’ volunteer readers. Other famous and familiar voices who have read for us include Matt Lucas, Sir Derek Jacobi, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Mangan and Matt Baker.
Whilst Jim was in the studio, he also recorded this special message for Living Paintings.
Jim Broadbent said,
“Until Living Paintings explained it to me I hadn’t really thought about the fact that a blind child can’t ‘see’ a book on the day that it is put on the shelves in the shops. They have to wait often for months or years – and Living Paintings can’t adapt every single title that is published into a touch to see version. This is why I am so proud to be the voice of Living Paintings adaptation of Mole’s Sunrise. This is the first time ever that an illustrated story book can be read by a blind child on the day that it is published. This is a groundbreaking first and I hope that we will all see such an achievement happening again and again in the future. What fun to think that blind children will be reading Mole’s Sunrise with a little help from me and the feely pictures ……! Imagine a blind, and so often isolated, child going into school and telling the class about a great book they read last night that their friends probably won’t have seen….. I can picture the smile on that child’s face as for once they share something on a completely equal basis with those sighted people around them! “
Mole’s Sunrise was published on 7th February 2011 and has become a firm favourite for our younger library members.