Talking paper embarks on big book recording

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A talking newspaper which serves blind and partially sighted listeners across south Norfolk and north Suffolk has embarked on its first ever recording of a whole book, giving an insight into the social and local history of the region.

The Waveney Words Talking Newspaper, which has been recording since 1986 and circulates every two weeks, normally records issues containing 35 to 40 news articles.

But switching focus to local history, it will embark on recording a whole book in the Waveney Valley Studies for the very first time.

It is a collection of essays written by the late Eric Pursehouse - a former head master at Diss Grammar School. Following ill health and retirement from the school in 1959, Mr Pursehouse began writing, including articles for the Diss Express.

The titles of the 77 chapters reveal the depth of his research, which includes The Tragedy of Louie’s Lane, scene of a murder at Diss in 1829, and The Unsavoury History of Fair Green, where bull and bear baiting and cock fighting took place until they were banned by law

Trevor Freeborn, one of the editors at the Waveney Words Talking Newspaper, said: “We will have taken six sessions to record it, involving three technicians and 20 readers, regulars and irregulars who all seem to be enjoying the opportunity to read something and bit different,” he said.

“We are grateful to the Diss Publishing Company, who printed and published the essays, for allowing us to record them for our listeners.

“We have found them extremely interesting to read and record and we hope our regular listeners, as well the Diss people who have moved away and the ex-Pats who live abroad and keep up with local news by listening on-line, will find them an enjoyable addition to our regular round-up of the latest news.”

If you believe you are entitled to issues of Waveney Words, contact Trevor Freeborn 01379 608774

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