International Tactile Book Competition 2017: entries open

Post date: 
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Illustration from UK entry The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Do you create tactile images or sensory stories for children with VI? Or work with child who would love to make their own book? If so, this competition is for you!

Tactile books are a wonderful way for children with vision impairment (VI) to enjoy picture books, whilst building their touch skills. Typhlo and Tactus is an international competition to encourage the design and production of these books.
This year’s competition will see experts from across Europe gather in Dijon to examine tactile books from all over the world and award a cash prize to the best. The UK selection will be organised by the ClearVision Project in September, with five shortlisted entries going on to international judging.

Everyone is welcome to enter, regardless of whether their entry is their first book or their eightieth. In previous years they have had entries from crafters, teachers, artists, students, VI specialists and school children.

Books can be made of any materials provided they're safe and interesting to touch. The winning book will need to be very appealing to children with VI under the age of 12. It should have lots of tactile interest and be robust enough to withstand enthusiastic exploration. All entries will be returned to their owners after the competition unless they wish to donate them to the ClearVision library, to be enjoyed by children with VI across the UK and Ireland.
More competition details, the entry form and a guide on making tactile books are all available on the ClearVision website. For further information you can also call 0208 789 9575 or email [email protected]. Send completed entries to: ClearVision, Linden Lodge School, 61 Princes Way, London SW19 6JB.
The closing date for UK entries is Friday 1 September 2017.

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