Last week I had a wonderful time at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. It contained the most beauty per square foot of anywhere I’ve ever been. Amongst the stunning flowers and verdant gardens, I saw some exquisite literary sculptures by Robert James Ltd. The Robert James Stand was held in association with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Visitors were able to touch and feel each of the exhibits and use RNIB’s PenFriend – a pen that provides pre-recorded audio information about each of the exhibits. They wanted visitors to have a rich sensory experience regardless of their level of vision. Set up as the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the sculptures of the Mad Hatter and Alice were my favourites.
This is the campaign they were supporting: The RNIB’s involvement with Robert James’ sculptures is part of the ‘Read for RNIB’ campaign. The RNIB believes that the almost two million people living in the UK with sight loss have a right to fully access the written word. The charity’s annual fundraising campaign, Read for RNIB Day in October aims to raise vital funds to help provide services such as braille, giant print and talking books for blind or partially sight people.
Everyone should have access to literature. To find out more about the campaign click here. Read for RNIB Day is on Friday 11th of October. Do check the website for events near you, or plan to hold your own!