I’m delighted and proud to say that The Night Rainbow large print rights have sold today to F.A. Thorpe, meaning that my book will be published in a format accessible to visually handicapped readers (1st September 2013).
F.A. Thorpe are an historic publishers having pioneered large print in the 1960′s. Frederick Thorpe also founded the Ulverscroft foundation, which receives all the profits and uses them for research into visual impairment as well as supporting libraries.
Did you know that only seven per cent of books are accessible to the almost 2 million blind and partially sighted people in the UK (in large print, braille, talking books etc)? Can you imagine (if you are fully sighted like me), as a reader how frustrating that must be?
And imagine the challenge for blind and partially sighted children – how to overcome the difficulties and inspire a love of literature that will last a lifetime?
For the next three days (October 18-20 2012), The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) is holding Literary Wonderland on London’s South Bank, for children and families. Events and workshops will be run by children’s authors to raise awareness of reading services for blind and partially sighted people. Please have a look at the link and share it with anyone you think might be interested.
For more information, there’s a good article on Bookbrunch today.
Photo above thanks to Quinnums via Flickr Creative Commons.