Reblogged *Feel Happy

I was casually reading through old posts, and discovered that the “Feel happy” post that i had written back in April just ended. The perfectionist screamed at me to fix it, so i have just edited it. I don’t know how i could be so stupid. The worst thing was that i sent it to Living Paintings in the first place!

Anyway here is the post from April, which has been corrected. Sorry to those who i sent this to earlier.

Feel Happy

Feel Happy

I have been asked to do a blog for
Living Paintings
I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll just blog about what living paintings is, and how i heard about it.

I think my parents first heard of living paintings through my social worker. Living paintings is a charity who provide blind and partially sighted children with books. They have braille and print and the pictures are raised. They are on Thermothorm plastic. I think it’s not just a case of heating plastic, i think there is far more too it. The pictures are then described in detail.

I was a very impatient child. The thermothorm would tell you to feel all over the picture. So I did. My hands were away down the picture until I came across something interesting, before the tape had told me what the first thing was that I needed to look at.

I remember the first book i read. I think it was called Rosies walk, about a wee chicken who went for a walk. I remember having the book sprawled out over a wooden chair and the tape beside me. Mum and i would go through the book together.

When i was about 9, i became an edditor for the charity. This involved me getting a book before it was due to come out. I had to comment on the descriptions of the pictures and i had to say if there were any mistakes. I remember finding it quite boring, but mum said that i used to get very annoyed if my sister wanted to help me with it.

As well as doing childrens books, the charity also did packs for schools. I think i brought in a book about the normans if i remember correctly.

I remember being particualarly fond of a particular picture in a book once. I think it was just ros of books all raised up, but i could be wrong. Mum had written to Living paintings explaining how much i loved this picture. They sent me a spare copy of the picture which i put up on my bedroom door for years.

Living Paintings also do a range of adult books, ranging on art to fashion for teenagers. They have also moved from 4 cassette tapes, to cds.

Living paintings is a great charity, and it brings pictures alive for blind and partially sighted people. The “Feel happy” library for children still goes on today. I am so glad i found out about this. Thank you Living paintings :).

“ABC UK” By James Dunn

I recently won a compitition that the charity
Living Paintings
Which does books with raised pictures and an audio accompaniment for blind and partially sighted children and adults. I used to edit books for them when i was a child, and did rent some of their adult books, but found i didn’t much have the time for listening.

So anyway, this compitition was to name a sock monkey that was someones mascott for completing a cycle trip around Paris i think. I can’t even remember what the question was, but i suggested Lilly for the monkey and won it. I still need to get a picture sorted for the living paintings website lol. Included in the box was a book that they wanted to know what i thought. It was called “ABCUK” by James Dunn. With a title like that i thought it was a kids book, but i couldn’t have been more wrong! Yes it is a kids book sort of, but it is all about the ABCS of britain today. Things like “A for Arthur” meaning King Arthur, or “P is for punk”. It starts off with the author’s history, and who is illustrating the book. It then goes into the different letters, followed by some music, then a litle history about the particular thing beginning with that letter. Not all the pictures are raised up, but they are well described. Even the raised up one sare well described.

I like how it seems to be young people doing each letter. I’m sure it was a fun project for them to do.

It was a fun book, and if you were interested in the history etc, it would be even better. My only other problem was that it was written in grade one braille, which isn’t a problem exactly, but rather an annoyance as when you are used to grade 2 it really slows you down! This isn’t a criticism though. I also like that it isn’t just boring people reading, and that it was young people who would have been interested in football and that.

If you would be interested in following living paintings, look for “Living paintings” on Facebook, or follow @Livingpaintings on twitter.

I would encourage people to check this library out. It’s free too to lend a book.

Thanks again for the monkey and i promise i’ll get a pic soon!

Living Paintings On The Radio 4 Apeal

I don’t usually post charity things on here, but I think this is pritty important!!

Many of you will have heard of or listen to BBC radio 4, so will be aware of the
Radio 4 Appeal
Well on the 24th of August, a charity called
The Living Paintings Trust
Will be doing the appeal. The Living Paintings Trust is an organisation which produce books for blind and partially sighted people of any age. These books consist of raised pictures with tapes to describe where to touch. They range from story books, which have braille too, to pictures of art and history. There are also printed material for partially sighted people.

They are such a great charity!! I was once an edditor for them. I used to get books before they would be sent to other people, for me to evaluate.

They receive no government funding, so it’s vital that you donate!!!!!!

The radio 4 appeal is brodcast on Sundays at 07:55 & 21:26. it is Repeated on Thursdays at 15:27.

Please remember the 24th August though!