Publication day for our Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is approaching fast. This is an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.
It has proved FAR more complicated and expensive than we first thought, and our budget of £4k [provided by ACE] has proved hopelessly inadequate, despite being based on actual costs for other BSL translation work. We are doing our best to achieve what we set out to do, but it’s a hand to mouth existance, being a small independant publiser – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We have found a great many dead ends in search of other funding, and we need help urgently.
We told our mailing list about the problem last month, and have been tweeting regularly, and between them that has raised just over £850. However we need £2,500 to get close to the ever increasing costs. We’ve reluctantly cancelled the launch, which even on line, would have been quite expensive, with all the access requirements, which will help a bit.
As a result of an earlier post here, today we are now at just under £1000
[Thank you to the 39 people who have contributed, you are all stars.]
How can you help?
Buy the book… buy any of our books, actually, we don’t ringfence the income from them. There has been a flurry of book buying this week, which I haven’t calculated yet, but this will also help.
Or … (and?) donate! We will do as much BSL as we get money to cover.
And tell anyone you know who you think would support this. Retweet, share on Facebook or wherever. This started out as an important, exciting, inventive project, and we’d really like to be able to recreate the buzz that the original idea came with.
There’s some complex number crunching going on, and we will start posting the videos we already have very soon…
In the meantime we have some really tricky poems, a preface and a long short story that all our translator contacts have passed on as ‘too difficult’ so, if you are a BSL translator, please get in touch!