Media Release: Ian Rankin launches exhibition by visually-impaired students

Sat 6 Nov – Sat 4 Dec, Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm, Free

The Varona and The Seagull

THESE works are the unaided art work of students who attend a school for partially-sighted children in Russia.

They are based on Michael Kerins’ story ‘The Varona And The Seagull’.

Dealing with aspects of diversity and rejection, the artwork delivers hope, beauty and optimism.

All proceeds from the sale will be split between The Royal Blind School Edinburgh and School 139 Perm Russia.


A new exhibition displays the work of partially-sighted students at School 139 Perm Russia who took inspiration from storyteller, Michael Kerins’ tale.

Says a spokesperson: “Arts and disabilities are close to Michael’s heart as both his parents were registered blind but his father was a fervent storyteller with the gift of precise language.”

As Kerins explains:

“My father’s stories would be told in the dark where the blank canvas of my imagination painted better pictures than any child’s book ever could.”

The exhibition is launched on Saturday 6 November with Michael performing his story, The Varona and The Seagull at 2pm.

Hear the moving tale of the development of a forbidden friendship between a crow and seagull and the obstacles the characters face.

This is followed by a short animated film of the story at 4pm by Aileen Kelly which features piano music by Mark Snowden.

The exhibition is officially launched by Ian Rankin at 6pm, who has petitioned in the past for writers, publishers and booksellers to make more books available to the visually impaired.

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