Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation

Braille Bar on Tuesday

Our popular Braille Bar returns on Tuesday at 7:30 PM. No registration required – just turn up and ask your braille questions.

Join the Braille Bar here:

New Braille Book Swap Email List

Tim Pennick, a member of our Braillists Forum, has set up an experimental list for the exchange of information about braille books available for passing on to future readers. The list is called

The description of the group which he has initially set up is as follows:

This group has been set up to facilitate the exchange of hard-copy braille books primarily in the UK. The RNIB has recently withdrawn braille library facilities, replacing them with single use production of books which can be retained or recycled but not returned. The Braille Book Swap list is available to reduce the destruction of books which might be read several times, thus reducing the consumption of paper, and the energy required to emboss a new copy. The method for transporting books is left to individuals though surviving RNIB canvas book bags would be ideal. Members wishing to make a book available are encouraged to post a short review of the book and the number of braille pamphlets it consists of.

You should be able to send a subscription request simply by sending an Email message to however, Tim has found in the past that there are some issues with this mechanism, e.g. some email clients won’t allow you to send a message without adding a word or two in the subject line and message body. If you don’t manage to set things up using this method, drop a line to, and Tim will send you a personal invitation.

Lots of Free Equipment Still Available!

We have unfortunately now run out of abacuses. However, we do still have a large quantity of other braille equipment to give away, including:

  • A4 braille frame.
  • Stylus.
  • Samples of A4 braille paper.
  • 8-cell braille word forming block (for learners).

This offer is available to anyone living in the UK or Ireland. All we ask is that, if we send you some equipment and you decide you no longer want it, you agree to give it away rather than selling it.

For introductions to using this kit, please see recordings of our previous Masterclasses, available at or via the Braillecast podcast.

To request any or all of the items above, please email Stephanie on or call her on 020 3893 3392. Please be sure to include your postal address when you write to her, otherwise she won't know where to send it!

N.B. logistics are being handled by our partner, Vision Through Sound CIC. Your data will therefore be held by them in addition to the Braillists Foundation. However, please be assured that they will only use your data in order to dispatch Braillists Foundation products and will not use it for their own marketting purposes.

If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can ask on the Braillists' email forum for advice on similar resources in your country.

Links and Meeting IDs for our Regular Events

Masterclasses, First and Third Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 PM

Registration Link:

Meeting ID: 824 7645 2710

Passcode: 123456

Braille Bar, Second and Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 PM

Join Link:

Meeting ID: 880 3508 8878

Passcode: 123456

Book Club, every Thursday at 6:00 PM

Join Link:

Meeting ID: 893 5322 0947

For more information, visit To join by phone, refer to the instructions at Our events are carefully moderated in line with our policy at Note that all events take place in the UK and are listed in UK time.

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