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Hello Braillist,

We have two great Braillists meetings coming up (Reading later this month and Bristol in mid-May) as well as a several new ways to find out more about the Braillists and be part of the community.

Reading Braillists, Saturday 25th April: Unified English Braille

On Saturday 25th April we'll be having our second Reading Braillists meeting. Following the stimulating discussion on Unified English Braille (UEB) at last month's Bristol Braillists meeting, James Bowden will take us through why and how UEB came about, He will cover the challenges it has faced, the impact it will have for new Braille learners and experienced Braillists alike and will demonstrate the changes in the new standard with physical examples to get your hands on. James is the chair of the UK Braille coding standards group, a Braille expert with the RNIB and has a very in depth knowledge of Braille coding. The meeting will run from 3.30pm to 5.30pm close to Reading town centre.

If you'd like to be part of future Reading Braillists events please let us know which days generally are best for you - Saturdays, weekday evenings, etc.

Bristol Braillists, Monday 18th May: The story of Bristol Braille's Canute development and prototype testing

On Monday 18th May we'll be unravelling the story of the Canute Braille ebook reader development with the Bristol Braille engineers and designers. We'll explore the design principles used, the challenges the team has faced, the revolutionary way it is being built and where it is all leading to. We'll also be getting our hands on the brand new, completely redesigned prototype. The meeting will be from 6pm to 8.30pm in the Watershed in central Bristol.

As always, attending the meetings is free and open to anyone with an interest in Braille and tactile reading technologies. However, if you would like to attend any of our meetings please email us so that we know how many people to expect and can let you know of any additional details or last minute changes. Simply reply to this email or email us on

More ways to be part of the conversation

We've been busy creating more ways for the community to interact with one another.

We now have a simple website at that says a little about our aims and the ways in which people can connect with us. We'll be expanding this as time goes on with lots more Braille news and meeting announcements. Please point anyone you think might be interested in our activities to the website.

To support open discussion on all things Braille we've started an online forum. Posts and replies can be sent directly to your inbox by emailing to subscribe. You can start a new topic by sending it as an email to To reply to a topic simply reply to the latest email in the discussion. Messages from the forum will start the subject line with "[braillists]". You can also view and respond to the conversations online at We'll be posting meeting notes and topics of discussion soon, so subscribing now will stop you from missing the start of the discussion.

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I do hope that all is well with you and look forward to meeting you at a Braillists event soon.

Best regards,


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