Blind founder of Leamington writing group publishes wartimes novel

Having no sight has been no barrier to amateur writer Calvin Hedley, who has just published his first novel.

Calvin Hedley.
Calvin Hedley.

The Warwick University graduate and co-founder of the Leamington writers’ group Inkplotters was born partially sighted and was registered blind 32 years ago.

He uses screen-reader software that ‘reads’ the computer screen as he navigates and types. This allows him to listen to documents - which he says is a “very accurate proofing method: if something ‘sounds’ wrong, it usually is wrong”.

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His first novel, Turning Point, is a split-time mystery thriller set in 1940 and 1982. With World War Two and the Falklands Conflict as backdrops, the story pieces together an extraordinary temporal jigsaw to explain the strange disappearance of an RAF pilot. Himmler, Churchill, and wartime intelligence services on both sides of the Channel become involved - and MI5 remains so four decades later.

Turning Point by Calvin Hedley.

The book is available on Kindle at, on CreateSpace at and from Amazon direct at

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