Gordon’s tale goes au­dio

Lo­cal writer’s novel is avail­able as a book for blind - with help from sis

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Mar­jorie Kerr

A West Loth­ian author’s book will be avail­able to blind and par­tially-sighted read­ers – thanks to the fundrais­ing ef­forts of his sis­ter.

Gordon An­thony from Liv­ingston is reg­is­tered blind, hav­ing lost his sight to the con­di­tion re­tini­tis pig­men­tosa in his 40s.

So when his sis­ter Moira was se­lect­ing which au­dio- book she wanted her fundrais­ing ef­forts to spon­sor she chose a his­tor­i­cal novel by Gordon.

Gordon said: “‘Hunt­ing Icarus’, is set in Iraq dur­ing 1917 and cov­ers the con­flict in the air.

“It’s rather dif­fer­ent from my usual books but it’s a project I’ve been work­ing on for a cou­ple of years.

“I al­ways wanted to write a story about the First World War, es­pe­cially the avi­a­tion as­pect which has al­ways fas­ci­nated me. How­ever, I wanted to make my story a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, so I set this one in Iraq, where the fight­ing was just as fe­ro­cious and deadly as any­thing on the Western Front, but is lit­tle re­mem­bered now.”

Gordon was a Bank of Scot­land branch man­ager for many years un­til he lost his sight in 2008.

He then em­barked on a new ca­reer writ­ing his­tor­i­cal fic­tion and has had over a dozen ti­tles pub­lished.

His sis­ter Moira em­barked on a blitz of fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity through­out the past year, and raised £4320 for the char­ity RNIB to pro­duce two new ‘ talk­ing’ books, one for adults and one for chil­dren. She is ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be adding Gordon’s novel to the RNIB library.

Moira or­gan­ised a book quiz, a bingo night, a Billy Con­nolly trib­ute­act, a car-boot sale and took part in the Kilt­walk in Dundee.

Her lo­cal Bank of Scot­land branch in Broughty Ferry also hosted a fundrais­ing day for her – which in­cluded a bake- sale and lucky squares board - and gen­er­ously match-funded ev­ery­thing she raised.

Moira said: “I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who helped in any way at all in rais­ing the funds. I’m over­whelmed by peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity. We had a lot of fun think­ing up ideas for all sorts of dif­fer­ent events. I say ‘we’ be­cause my mum was along­side me at ev­ery sin­gle one of my fundrais­ers – of­ten ar­riv­ing at the venue be­fore I did!

“My tar­get was £2500 for one RNIB Talk­ing Book but there’s enough to record a chil­dren’s book as well and some left over, which I’m go­ing to do­nate to the Hagg­eye youth fo­rum which brings to­gether young peo­ple liv­ing with sight loss in Scot­land.

“I ar­ranged the fundrais­ing, mum and my other brother, Stu­art, proof­read Gordon’s books for him. Stu­art also deals with a lot of the tech­ni­cal side of the publishing. Gordon’s son, Phil, has de­signed a few of the book cov­ers. All in all, it’s been a real fam­ily af­fair, and be­ing in­volved with RNIB talk­ing books has been a priv­i­lege and a great plea­sure.”

An­gela Pre­ston, fundrais­ing man­ager for RNIB Scot­land, said: “We are de­lighted to be able to add Gordon’s book to the library, thanks to Moira’s ter­rific ef­forts through­out the year. She has been a plea­sure to sup­port. Au­dio books can be an ab­so­lute life­line for many blind and par­tially sighted peo­ple, but RNIB de­pends very much on the sup­port of the pub­lic to be able to pro­duce th­ese.”

Writer Gordon and Moira and their mother, also Moira

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