National Braille Week celebrated at Grassmarket Community Project

Posted: 12/10/2016 | , ,

Dozens of people gathered at the Grassmarket Community Project last night in celebration of Braille and alternative formats.

Christina sings at National Braille Week eventThe evening was organised as part of National Braille Week and featured musical performances, readings, an exhibition of students’ artwork and an exhibition on the history of Braille and the Scottish Braille Press. 

Writer, Philip Caveney, performed a simultaneous Braille reading with Royal Blind School student Namarra of the extract she wrote during a creative writing workshop with the author last month.

Her fellow pupil, Stephen, also performed a reading of the piece he wrote during the workshop. The night ended with a screening of Royal Blind Group cross-service music video, Thank You for the Music. 

Speaking at the event Philip said Braille was a ‘vital’ tool in teaching literacy to visually impaired students.

He said: “When I was young I discovered that stories could transport you to faraway lands and other worlds. I am glad to be part of National Braille Week because Braille is a tool that allows visually impaired people to access literature in the same way that sighted people can and everyone should have equal access to literature.”

This year the Scottish Braille Press is celebrating its 125th anniversary. An exhibition on the history of Braille and the Scottish Braille Press is underway at the Central Library, Edinburgh. Find out more here.