First Augmented Reality book to inspire British Sign Language launching 12 July 2019

The first augmented reality (AR) book to inspire families to use British Sign Language (BSL) will be soft launched from 12:30pm on the 12th July 2019 at The Watershed in Bristol.

What’s On

Friday 5th July: Industry Preview
Join us for a glass of wine, some immersive networking and an introduction to Baby BSL at The Watershed’s First Friday event from 4.30–6.30pm.

Friday 12th July: Family Activity Day
Be the first to play with the book and, if you one of the the first 20 parents to arrive, receive a free copy. There will also be a dedicated Baby BSL Colouring Corner offering free activity packs and BSL demonstrations. Draw with us, or take a pack and play in the cafe. There’s even a 10% discount at the bar for grown-ups if you order your drinks in BSL!

To reserve an activity pack, simply RSVP to:

Friday 12th July: Investor Showcase
If you are an investor, a distributor, or would like to partner with us to expand the project, then you are invited to a VIP Lunch and a ticket to the Immersion Showcase preview from 12:30pm.

Please contact Gill Wildman on 07966 209615, or email

About Baby BSL

Where is the Bird? combines illustrations, videos, print and smartphone technology to inspire families to use BSL with their children in the home or on the move.

Search for ‘BabyBSL’ on the AppStore and GooglePlay to download our free app containing 20 signs and start learning BSL today.

When combined with the book, this smartphone app ‘wakes up’ the book’s hand-drawn illustrations, making them magically spring to life alongside video demonstrations of the BSL sign for that word. VIKA Books worked closely with the deaf community, including children from the Elmfield School for Deaf Children, VS1 Productions and the Deaf Studies Trust to create the work.

VIKA Books founder, Victoria Forrest, shared: “British Sign Language is a rich and complete language developed by the deaf community. We’re inviting all families, hearing and deaf alike, to play in sign language. Our hope is that every child has the opportunity to grow up learning simple BSL. A shared language would help hearing children communicate before they can speak, and bring deaf and hearing communities closer together.

(c) Jo Hounsome Photography

About VIKA Books

VIKA Books are publishers of immersive books at the cutting-edge of fine art publishing. Our female-led team, Victoria Forrest and Emma Nuttall, merge creative technology with book arts to conceive new editions founded on design innovation and artistic excellence.VIKA Books: Redimensionalising Reading

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