A ground-breaking poetry book, written by Joseph Clarke School students is being launched at the Albany Theatre on 17th October in an exciting event which will be livestreamed over the internet.
'A Blind Bit of Difference' is being published by Alba Publishing and is a book of poems written by students working with poet and educator Amy Neilson Smith. This is the first book of its kind to come from Joseph Clarke School and thanks to the hard work of students and Amy, it is outstanding.
The project has been sponsored by Sense, the national Deafblind charity, Extant Theatre – the UK's leading vision impairment company, In Sight Theatre and famous children's author, poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen. Together with the Arts Council England and the Joseph Clarke Trust, they have contributed funds allowing students to take the stage at the incredible Albany Theatre to launch the book.
As well as readings from pupils and a number of fellow poets, the event will feature a mouth-watering 'Tasting Colour' buffet. There will also be large projected text and BSL signing throughout to help those with limited sight and vision. The whole event will be filmed by Kate Dangerfield for the 'Accessible Film Project' (BFI/ Sense) and live screened for those who are not able to attend the launch in person.
“This is an explosion of a book; feelings, thoughts, memories, hopes attitudes and more whizz through the air and land in our minds. I feel privileged to read it. Please read it too and share your favourite poem with someone. These young people are poets!"
— Michael Rosen
"We are extraordinarily lucky to have Amy working with us. The creativity unleashed in this book is a testament not just to the talent of the students, but also her talent for helping them express it" said Headteacher Isobel Cox.
For information about the event, the book and the live-stream of the evening www.ablindbitofdifference.com