Teamwork // Involving blind and visually impaired young people in all our projects
In collaboration with: the Royal National College for the Blind
A highlight of the last few years has been working with blind and visually impaired young people in all our projects.
Early on in the development of The Story of Books, Emma Balch, heard a presentation by UCAN, at an event organised by Nesta and Arts Council Wales in Cardiff. Hearing the UCAN team talk about the barriers to access to the arts for visually impaired audiences prompted Emma to contact the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) to talk about collaborations. For the last five years, The Story of Books has welcomed students from RNC for work experience.
On the back of this, Emma set out to involve blind and VI young people in the creative process of our production of Unicorns, Almost. Out of this came the Blind Bookworms Jazz Band - a project funded by Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation.
In 2020, with financial support from Arts Council Wales 'Sharing Together' fund, Emma Balch collaborated with Sam Obigbesan, Rachel Starritt, and Cara Tivey, to launch the Blind Bookworms Book Club in a three day event in Hay-on-Wye. This project is currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions and will be redeveloped in 2021.