Living Paintings started life as a project to help blind and partially sighted adults experience works of arts and has expanded to include Touch to See storybooks for children up to 16. The books contain 'feely' images and audio descriptions to explain what's going on underneath their fingertips. But this next week at Selfridges is for everyone, as authors who've had their books adapted are in store running fun sessions for all the family.
The session times and authors are:
- Saturday 11 Feb, 11am-1pm: Ross Collins, author and illustrator of Dear Vampa
- Saturday 11 Feb 2-4pm: Liam Midwood, author of My Life in Rhymes
- Monday 13 Feb 2-4pm: Jeanne Willis, author of Mole's Sunrise
- Tuesday 14 Feb 2-4pm: Ian Whybrow, author of Harry & The Robots
- Wednesday 15 Feb 2-4pm: Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of Giraffes Can't Dance (note: there will be giraffe dancing)
- Friday 17 Feb 2-4pm: Angela Wynter: actress and scriptreader of Just Like My Mum
What's even more amazing is that Living Paintings provides its services free to blind and partially sighted people. They're a charity and rely on donations of cash and time. Pop into Oxford Street, see what they do, and maybe you'll be impressed enough to get involved.