Bringing a work of art to life for Derek, Touch to See Book Club member
June 23, 2015

Book Club manager Maria talks about one member’s experience of using one of our tactile and audio books.

So many times I have been asked “So what’s it like using the Touch to See Book Club packs? Does it really open up another world for a blind and partially sighted person?”

Derek, a Book Club member in Edinburgh, explains it perfectly in this short video shot during my visit to Scotland. His group had borrowed The Blitz and Derek told me that feeling the tactile image and listening to the audio guide has inspired him, and given him something he thought he would never experience again. He explained how the detailed description on the audio guide really helped him to develop a clear and accurate representation of the painting ‘Totes Meer’ by Paul Nash. The way Derek described his experience left me with goose bumps and I immediately wanted to capture his thoughts to share with others so I pulled out my video camera!

Please do watch this video – it’s a wonderful explanation of how our Touch to See packs can inspire and give blind and partially sighted people a new way of experiencing the visual world.

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, please like and share the video – the more people that hear about our wonderful Touch to See Book Club the better!

A big thank you to Derek for sharing his thoughts with us.

If you would like to share your experience of using a Touch to See book, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Maria, on 01635 299771 or drop me an email


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