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John Hull - 1935 - 2015
John M Hull was honorary Professor of Practical Theology in the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and Emeritus Professor of Religious Education in the University of Birmingham. He lost his sight in 1980 and recorded his experiences in a cassette diary which is now the basis of the film Notes on Blindness. His writings on blindness include Touching the Rock (2013), On Sight
and Insight (1997), In the Beginning was Darkness (2001), The Tactile Heart (2013) and Disability: The Inclusive Church (2014). In 2012 the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the literature of blindness. His writings in education, theology and disability have been translated into a dozen languages.
In the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, John taught people preparing for ordained ministry in several churches and was the coordinator of the social justice programme. He was President Emeritus of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV) and was Editor of the British Journal of Religious Education from 1971-96. His degrees include PhD (Birmingham), LitD (Cambridge) and he has honorary doctorates from universities in Germany and the Netherlands.
Sadly, John passed away during principle photography on the feature film.
We would therefore like to dedicate the film and VR project to John’s memory, and the unwavering support that he, his wife Marilyn, and their children – Thomas, Lizzie, Gaby and Imogen – have given to the project. We hope we are able to do justice to John’s life and work.


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