BLIND WRITE’S LOST PAGE FOUND BY POLICE
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 17th August 2019
Police salvage blind Trish Vickers’ inkless novel pages
In 2012, a blind woman wrote a book on a notepad with rubber bands wrapped around to indicate lines. Her son read chapters back to her for edits then sent them to typesetters. Once, she gave her son 26 blank pages because the pen lost ink and police helped reform it in a five-month effort.
Trish Vicars who wrote 26 pages of her book before realising her pen had ran out of ink
When blind writer Trish Vickers failed to notice her pen had run out of ink Dorset Police made a real impression on her.
The boys in blue came to her rescue and recovered 26 pages of her book.
Diabetes sufferer Ms Vickers, 59, lost her sight seven years ago and turned to the world of her imagination for solace.
With a love of English poetry ditties were scribbled to entertain her mother over the years but it is only now she is embarking on her first novel.
However, she doesn’t type or use a computer but has a system of elastic bands that guide her to keep lines.
Volunteer Carol Head comes in to type up her work.
Her son Simon comes over once a week to her Charmouth home and reads her work to her.
She was looking forward to one of his visits last year because she had been particularly inspired and had written 26 pages.
Unfortunately, when Simon looked at it he found nothing on the paper.
Ms Vickers, who used to run the Bridport gift shop Zoot Allures in South Street, said: “We battled with various ideas until we thought of the police.
“We rang them and asked to speak to their fingerprint section. They said if there was anything they could do they would be happy to help.
“I was gobsmacked and so happy.”
Her son drove her and the blank pages to Dorset Police HQ at Winfrith and waited to see what would happen. True to their word officers in the department worked in their spare time, during breaks to try and crack the puzzle and Mrs Vickers got her manuscript back to her.
She said: “I think they used a combination of various lights at different angles to see if they could get the impression made by my pen. I am so happy, pleased and grateful. It was really nice of them and I want to thank them for helping me out.”
Mrs Vickers says she only writes for a hobby but being blind gives her a different world to live in.
Her book, called Grannifer’s Legacy, is about a character called Jennifer whose life implodes – she loses her job, her boyfriend and worst of all her namesake great grandmother who has always been her guide.
She has to start a new life and the story is about how she does that.
Mrs Vickers said when she’s finished she might well send it to a publisher.
“Everybody who has read it so far seems to like it and the police also said they enjoyed the bit they read and can’t wait for the rest.”
That report was in 2012. She did finish the book which was published 11th March 2017
Grannifer’s Legacy by Trish Vickers (Author)
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Magic Oxygen
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