Twas Brillig: Add your Voice to a Talking Book as Part of Read for RNIB Day 11/10

Posted by Justine Solomons on September 12, 2013, in News

We were so excited to hear about this event we just had to tell you all about it.

Thousands of people will help to give literary classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland a curiouser and curiouser twist as they narrate sections of the story to create a unique audio book.

The mass story-telling event will take place at Waterloo station to celebrate Read for RNIB Day on Friday 11 October. The recording booth will be operational from when Waterloo opens until the stations closes on the 11th.

RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is inviting people of all ages and backgrounds to visit a specially designed ‘Wonderland’ at the train station where they can record a passage from the book.

The finished ‘Talking Book’ will then be available for customers of the RNIB’s National Library Service to borrow.

Blind and partially sighted people face a significantly limited choice of books in formats they can read; just 7% of all books are fully accessible.  Read for RNIB Day aims to raise money to make more books accessible.

The charity issues around 5000 Talking Books to blind and partially sighted people every single day and also produces and distributes books in braille and giant print.

It usually takes up to three months to record and produce a Talking Book, but RNIB is hoping that with the collective efforts of the nation, this newest version of Lewis Carroll’s iconic tale can be recorded in just one day.

More details on the event can be found here.


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