CULL, a hard-hitting satire about reforms to the welfare system and its impact on people with disabilities was launched by Corsham author Tanvir Bush on Saturday night.

This was not your usual novel launch event - black bunting displaying the names of people known to have died, through suicide or ill health, in connection with fit to work tests, was displayed around Corsham Town Hall.

The event was also attended by two tele-presence robots - essentially iPads on wheels - so people could be part of the launch remotely.

The novel, published by Unbound, satirises the current state of affairs by exploring the possibility of a state sponsored euthanasia scheme - but Tanvir said she also wanted the book to be entertaining and humorous.

A research fellow at Bath Spa University, she has lived in Corsham since 2012 and is registered blind.

"Very few voices are being heard from the disabled community about the impact of the welfare system," she said. "As a writer, this was my way to bridge that gap."