mark the launch of a campaign to raise £2 million in
order to re-house the nation’s leading Braille printing
press, best selling author Ian Rankin has called on writers,
publishers and retailers to improve accessibility of fiction
and non-fiction in braille.
Talking about the campaign, which also marks the 200th
anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, Rankin said:
"The gateway to education and inspiration that braille
represents can never be under-estimated. I support anything
that can be done to improve access to reading in all formats
from braille to large print.
"It is vital that we support organisations like the
Braille Press and Royal Blind and the important role they
fulfill for people all over the country."
Richard Hellewell, chief executive of the Royal Blind,
added: “The impact Louis Braille has had on the lives
of the visually impaired is immeasurable. The ability to
read and write is an extremely important gateway to opportunity
for the UK’s blind or partially sighted people, enabling
them to be more independent.
“Braille is used all over the world but outside our
community there is little knowledge or understanding about
its use. We see National Braille Week as a great way to
raise awareness, which we hope will inspire interest and
support for Braille.”
To mark the appeal, the Braille Press is printing a braille
version of Rankin’s Death is Not the End
and the author will visit the Press to see the first printed