“Thank you for all the support you’ve given to our Touch to See Book Club. From your initial idea it has grown into a really dedicated Club of individuals who tremendously enjoy and value the monthly meetings, and have really benefited from experiencing the pictures that Living Paintings allows them to access. Just yesterday we were talking about how the sessions have changed our attitudes to art, and both the sighted and non-sighted members felt that the experience had made us look deeper and re-evaluate paintings, including ones that we thought we knew well! None of this would have happened without your instigation and support, so a big thank you on behalf of the Club.”Jack, Club Leader

For Touch to See Book Clubs

Touch to See Book Clubs

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Do you want to regularly bring together a group of blind and partially sighted people within your local community for an enjoyable and sociable event?

Are you a blind or partially sighted adult who would like to get together with people in your community?

Touch to See Book Clubs could be ideal for you.

Touch to See Book Club titles

Our Touch to See Book Club titles have been specially designed for a group of blind and partially sighted people to share and explore together.

Each Touch to See Book Club resource contains:

  • 2 or 3 tactile pictures (we include 10 copies of each, or let us know how many are in your group).
  • Atmospheric audio guides that both discuss and describe the tactile pictures.
  • A4 colour pictures to accompany each image.
  • Useful guidance notes for the group leader, which includes suggestions for discussions, hands-on activities, music listening, poetry and literature.

There is a wide and growing range of titles to choose from including ‘What’s Cooking?’, ‘Flying Fishermen’, ‘Fabulous Frocks’, ‘Eternal Love’, ‘Dickensian Hard Times’ and many more, such as:

Shakespeare’s Kings and Heroines: First enjoy finding out about the bard himself – we all know his name but what do we really know about the man? Then enjoy dipping into two of his plays. Join Sir Derek Jacobi as he talks about Richard II. Then linger by the water’s edge to study Ophelia, a beautiful Pre-Raphaelite painting depicting the sad heroine in Hamlet.

Click here to watch and listen to Sir Derek Jacobi read from Shakespeare’s Richard II.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games, Small Beginnings: The London 2012 Olympics caused great excitement and patriotism in Great Britain. From near-naked wrestlers in Athens to old ladies racing for a pound of tea in Shropshire – enjoy the fascinating history of the Games and explore its symbols, Gods and ancient sports. On the soundtrack there are interviews with Sir Matthew Pinsent, Olympic Rower and Rob Tarr, Paralympic wheelchair rugby player.

Click here to listen to Sir Matthew Pinsent talk about our Touch to See Olympic and Paralympic titles.

Sir Matthew Pinsent, with headphones on and in the recording studio, holding a tactile picture of 3 Olympic torches
Do you want to set up a Touch to See Book Club?

To set up a Touch to See Book Club speak to the library email: library@livingpaintings.org or telephone 01635 299771 and we can work out together what is needed to make your club a success. We will help you every step of the way and at no cost.

Click here to read the story of how we helped one Touch to See Book Club get started.

Do you want to join a Touch to See Book Club?

To find out if there is a Touch to See Book Club in your area contact the library email: library@livingpaintings.org or telephone 01635 299771.

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