Thank you People’s Postcode Lottery!
April 1, 2019

Last year the People’s Postcode Lottery gave us £10,000 to publish four new Touch to See Book Club titles. After a lot of brainstorming, we decided on four diverse topics. These will help stimulate exciting new conversation and activity ideas. We’re thrilled to announce that these Touch to See titles are now ready to be shared with our 5,000 blind and partially sighted Book Club members. Read on and find out a little more about each of them.

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Roar of the Wild

Take a walk on the wild side! With just your fingertips, explore how animals have been portrayed in art throughout history, from Lascaux cave paintings to sculpture. Our tactile images also include an image of a rhinoceros done by someone who had never even seen one; discover his interpretation of what he thought an animal with ‘armoured skin’ would look like.

A touch to see book, with colour images and tactile pictures

Listen to the clip below for a preview of this new book:

Pop goes the Royal Albert Hall

Swing into the 1960s with this Touch to See book! Get ready for a night at this famous music venue, with DJs Jo Wiley and Steve Lamacq, talking about some of the stars that performed there including Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Joan Baez.

Three tactile images one of the Royal Albert Hall, the Beatles and Bob Dylan

Have a quick listen to the accompanying audio description:

Feline Friends

Purr-fect for cat lovers! Join us as we explore how this creature has been observed throughout art and history. Starting in Ancient Egypt with two treasures from the British Museum, then onto the Elizabethan age with an embroidery worked by Mary Queen of Scots , finishing with work of realist painter Ralph Hedley.

A tactile image of a cat sat on a windowsill

Here’s a snippet of the accompanying audio:

Escape to the Country: Dorset Special

We’ve brought this area of outstanding natural beauty to our blind and partially sighted book club members. Thanks to tactile images and evocative audio descriptions, meet the flora and fauna native to one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations, as we ramble from West Dorset to Studland through hedgerows, moorland, sand dunes and beaches.

Enjoy a short preview of this title:

One Book Club leader shares with us how valuable the Book Clubs are to blind and visually impaired adults, who without them are vulnerable to becoming isolated from their peers.

“The Touch to See Book Clubs enable us to have lovely discussions. The subjects really get us talking about personal experiences. The members that have gradually lost their sight have memories of places mentioned in the books and it is lovely to reminisce about those things. Though our monthly enjoyable, social meetings we inspire our members to access, appreciate and understand the culture, history and art in their communities. Our members have used the raised images from the books to create various artworks.” –

A woman feeling a tactile image

The People’s Postcode Lottery asked to try a copy of these new titles, so we sent them Feline Friends which they loved! They were so inspired by the tactile images that they’ve created an interactive installation in the office so everyone can have a Living Paintings experience.

Thank you so much to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting us and making these four new titles possible. These will help blind and partially sighted adults across the country who attend our 430 Touch to See Book Clubs, giving them opportunities to socialise, new topics to discuss and activities to take part in.

If you would like more information about our Touch to See Book Clubs, please get in touch with the library by emailing


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