Dorset’s finest: Blind writer gets forensic help

2012-04-17 00:00

BRITISH police have helped a blind author recover parts of her novel after her pen ran out without her being aware of it.

The Telegraph website reports that Trish Vickers (59), who went blind because of diabetes five years ago, is writing a novel longhand.

Every week, her son, Simon, reads her draft back to her and another volunteer types it up.

One week she was particularly eager for Simon’s visit, having completed 26 pages after a “moment of inspiration”.

However, when he looked at the pages, they were blank. Vickers has been writing with a dried-up ballpoint pen.

After considering various options, they approached the Dorset police force’s forensic department.

To their surprise, a technician agreed to try and help during her lunch hours.

It took five months for the technician to decipher the pen impressions on the pages and recover the lost manuscript pages.

A grateful Vickers said she was preparing to send her novel, entitled Grannifer’s Legacy, to a publisher.

— Own Correspondent.

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