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BOOK LAUNCH - Mon 14th Oct

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BOOK LAUNCH - Mon 14th Oct
by Jenny Maher - Tuesday, 3 September 2013, 12:55 PM

You are warmly invited to a 


MONDAY 14 October 2013 AT 6.00 pm

The Wakefield Room at The Queen’s Foundation,

Somerset Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2QH 

On Monday 14 October at 6pm the Queen’s Foundation will be celebrating two books recently published by Professor John Hull.  Kevin Carey, Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), will chair the evening. Each book will be introduced by John Hull and there will be a time for questions and discussion.  Both books will be on sale. Light refreshments will be provided.  

John Hull is Honorary Professor of Practical Theology in the Queen’s Foundation and Emeritus Professor of Religious Education in the University of Birmingham.  His writings on theology, education and disability have been recognised by the University of Cambridge with a LitD and by honorary degrees from universities in Germany and The Netherlands 

Touching the Rock: An experience of blindness (SPCK Classics Edition, 2013)

ISBN: 9780281070732             £10.99 (available on the night for £8.80, a 20% discount)

Touching the Rock is a diary kept by John Hull when he was adjusting to total blindness.  First published in 1990, it is in 14 foreign languages and editions from other countries.  It is now republished as a “classic”.  The book is a unique exploration of that distant, infinitely strange, ‘other world’ of blindness. John Hull writes of odd sounds and echoes, of people without faces, of a curious new relationship between waking and dreaming, of a changed perception of nature and human personality.

Oliver Sacks says “The incisiveness of Hull’s observation, the beauty of his language, make this book poetry . . .” 

The Tactile Heart: Blindness and faith (SCM Press, 2013)

ISBN-13: 9780334049333       £25.00 (available on the night for £20.00, a 20% discount)

The Tactile Heart is a collection of theological essays on relating blindness and faith and developing a theology of blindness that makes a constructive contribution to the wider field of disability theology. John Hull looks at key texts in the Christian tradition, such as the Bible, written as a text for sighted people, and at hymns, which often use blindness as a metaphor for ignorance and explores how these perpetuate an ancient prejudice against disabled people.

ALL ARE WELCOME – it would be helpful with practical arrangements to know if you wish to come so if possible please contact Althia Gray / 0121 454 1527