Claire King


What if you couldn’t see the words?

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by Claire - 4 Comments

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).

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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.


4 Responses

  1. Pete says:

    That’s good news, isn’t it? I’m highly visual, I can’t imagine life without sight.

  2. claire says:

    It’s really good, and to be honest not something I’d thought much about previously. I’d like to look into it more though, and I’m going to have a look for fiction written by blind authors because I imagine that do be quite enlightening.

  3. Fantastic news, Claire.

    I have appalling eyesight without contact lenses and, with age, they’ve had to be adjusted to give me sufficient long-distance vision. So I can’t read normal print now unless I take them out and then I’m useless for anything else! I tend to read large-print books whenever there is one available. Glad to hear this will be the case with The Night Rainbow.

    • claire says:

      I didn’t realize that Joanna! How do you find your books? Out of interest, how do e-readers compare for you? I read that just increasing the font size often isn’t enough, but that you need a different font too to make it more readable?

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