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Living Paintings

Blue Peter features Living Paintings

11th November 2020

Imogen holding a copy of Zog and the Flying Doctors with Richie Driss in the background smiling.

Watch Living Paintings on Blue Peter – shown on CBBC at 5.30pm on Friday 13th November and available on iPlayer now

You’ll hear Imogen talk about what Living Paintings means to her as a visually impaired young person. Plus, share in her excitement of being the first library member to receive our accessible version of ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ – hand delivered by Richie Driss, Blue Peter presenter.

We’ve made ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ accessible to blind children because it’s this year’s Christmas Day animation on BBC One. We’re making sure that blind children don’t miss out on the magic of enjoying and sharing this story with their family and friends at Christmas time.

Richie sitting at a table painting a tactile picture of Zog

Go behind the scenes with Richie Driss

Go behind the scenes at Living Paintings with Blue Peter’s Richie Driss, as he takes part in making the book, ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ – including painting the tactile pictures and lending his voice to the audio guide.

Richie said,

” It was amazing working with you guys on an incredible project!”

Of filming Imogen said,

“I was excited about meeting Richie and that he and Blue Peter were coming to my house. I was nervous about the recording, but everyone in the film crew were so friendly that I was fine and it was a fun and exciting afternoon.

I am proud that I was chosen by Living Paintings to receive the book and I am proud of my Blue Peter badge!”

Read Imogen’s story here

Richie Driss standing by the thermoform press holding a tactile picture.

Special extras for blind children

To the mainstream published book we have added our VI-kid friendly extras.

Our thanks go to Scholastic books, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler for granting permission for us to make their book accessible to blind children in the UK.

Borrow the book featured on Blue Peter with audio description read by Richie Driss

A mobile phone sitting on a wooden table top and wrapped in earphones displays the Living Paintings website.

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