Braille, Baby, Bridge Rd and Books
2013 flashed by. There were not many blog entries from me in the latter part of the year due to a major non-blog entry into my life, the birth of my son Jupiter. So, now that I have a bit of breathing space, let me recap some of the things I missed:
Sydney Braille Forum Awards
This lovely event each year is designed to promote more young people learning to read and write braille. With audiobooks and technology providing easy text to speech options, braille is being neglected and this is a real shame because braille is the most pure form of reading a vision-impaired person can have. Audio books are great but the person reading the book can’t help but inject their own interpretation. Long live braille, I say!
I was fortunate enough to be the guest speaker at this event. All winners received my book Chicken Stu, transcribed into Braille.
Look at the massive size of it. That’s all just one book!!
This photo of all the winners (below) with me is courtesy of the organisers and can be found at: http://brailleaustralia.org where you can also find out more information about the competition.
Books in Homes
My latest Books in Homes visit was to a small school in Camperdown, Bridge Road School. Many of the students at this school have it tough so it was my duty to try and spread my immense love of books to them. They were a delightful audience and I hope they enjoy their new books.
Out of Print
During the year I forgot to mention that I found some gems in a visit back home on the farm. These two books below are some of my earlier works that are sadly out of print now (I think I only did a few copies, 1 for my parents, 1 for each set of grandparents – I charged them about $50 a copy, which is a total bargain.) They make for very interesting reading indeed!!!
So what does 2014 have in stall? I’m not sure. There are a few exciting developments in the work that I can’t talk about yet. Hopefully I will finish the current manuscript I’m working on, which is taking me ages. If only there were more hours in the day. Stay tuned.
Happy New Year to everyone, may 2014 bring you much joy, or at very least a copy of one of my books.