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Hello Braillist,
With the air turning positively warmer we have a newsletter packed full of details of our upcoming meetings, a two day Brailler exhibition and servicing/repair event, our participation in this year's Sight Village exhibitions, project updates on Canute and the start to our exciting Braillists' Awards, as well as some highlights from the forum.



Bristol - Saturday 10th June

We're looking forward to a casual gathering on Saturday 10th June from 2pm, in the function room of the Nova Scotia Hotel (), where we'll talk about 3D photography, brainstorm new types of hand-held Braillers, and collect interest for a Braille technology exhibition in Bristol in the Autumn. Everyone welcome, young and old. See the event page for more details.



Perk up Your Perkins

A two day Perkins Brailler servicing and repair event, along with a mini-exhibition of other mechanical braillers, will take place in Bristol on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September. Venue to be announced.

So, if you have a Perkins that could do with a bit of TLC, why not bring it along and take in the exhibition at the same time? Or, if you don’t need your Perkins fixing, just come and visit the exhibition.

There will also be a Braillists meeting on the Friday evening, at which Alan Thorp will talk about what’s inside your Perkins and how it works.

Please note: there will be a charge for Perkins repairs.

For more information about the event, or to book a Perkins repair slot, please contact Paul Sullivan.

Stay tuned to the event page for further details.

Sight Village Exhibitions

Thanks to support from Bristol Braille Technology, Braillists will be participating at the following Sight Village exhibitions this year:
  • Birmingham - 18th & 19th July
  • Manchester - 27th September
  • London - 7th & 8th November
We will be demonstrating and talking about some of the projects we are involved in and letting people know about our activities. The exhibitions are always fun and interesting events to be part of, producing much discussion and new connections.

We are looking for Braillists to help run the stands. If you'd like to volunteer please do get in touch and we'll let you know further details. Even if you can spare just a few hours we would very much appreciate your support.

We will also endeavour to run our popular Braille and Beer get-togethers at the end of the first exhibition day at each event - a great way to meet and converse with fellow Braillists in the convivial atmosphere of a pleasant establishment.



Braillists’ Awards

The Braillists will be giving two awards in 2018. The first will be for progress in teaching and learning Braille. The second will be for promoting the availability and use of Braille or other tactile media.

The purpose of the awards is to further the Braillists’ mission “… to create and support projects that advance Braille and other tactile media, to the benefit of its subscribers and all other users of tactile media”.

The awards project is being led from Bristol by Paul Sullivan. The Braillists Community will be invited to nominate candidates for each award during the summer. A small committee will consider nominations in the autumn and the awards will be presented in March 2018.

Full details about the awards and how to nominate someone will follow shortly. Meanwhile, if you would like to join the Awards Committee, or if you can help in any other way, please contact Paul Sullivan.


Great news from the Canute project, from Bristol Braille Technology: Over the past six months its received a quarter of a million pounds to get it to market! This has yet to be made public, so you heard it here first. The current plan is to go to market later this year or early next.

Development of the device is continuing apace, and the Braillists is excited to announce that it has set up a separate team of Braille experts to work with the Bristol engineers to define the user interface.

Get in contact with Stephanie Sergeant if you would like to play a pro-active role in helping with the UI design for the Canute.


Lots of interesting discussions happening on our forums including:

NCBI Library Seminar, Dublin

Bristol Braille Director and Braillist Ed Rogers attended the National Council for the Blind of Ireland Library Seminar in Dublin. There was a fantastic line up of speakers, including one of our own, Stuart Lawler, from the NCBI and Dublin Braillists. Ed has started to write up his notes from the event over on the Braillists Forum, so read all about the seminar and the importance of literacy here.

Help define Braille

James Bowden has asked for Braillists' feedback on proposed upcoming changes to the Braille symbols for quotation marks and apostrophes. There's more information and a link to a short questionnaire on his forum post - please complete before the end of June.

... plus new Braille technology developments, independent Braille learning tools and an open source 3d printable Braille notetaker.
Don't forget you can find all our contact details on our website, join the discussion on our forum and connect with us on Twitter @Braillists.

We hope all is well with you and look forward to meeting at a Braillists' event very soon.

Best regards,

The Braillists Team

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