A literary honour for audio library which helps blind

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A charity which provides audio literature for blind people will take part in a top London literary event.

Calibre Audio Library, which is based in New Road, Weston Turville was selected to support Cityread London 2016, an annual celebration of the literary world.

The charity, which has been running for over 40 years, has recorded the chosen read – Gillian Slovo’s Ten Days - and will be making hundreds of MP3CD copies available to blind and partially sighted people across the capital through the 33 London borough libraries.

Christine Ronaldson, Calibre Audio Library’s head of literature and audio book production, said: “We are thrilled to be involved with Cityread London 2016 as we are passionate about sharing the joy of reading.

“For over 40 years we have been making books available to the print disabled community.

“Our partnership will ensure that both sighted and non-sighted readers will have access to this great book.”

The Calibre Audio Library was set up in 1974 as Calibre Cassette Library.

The guiding principle of the service was ‘that having poor sight or other difficulties should not act as barriers to the pleasures of reading.’

And the books available through the service are varied too.

Last year this newspaper reported on the story of 82-year-old Dana Brown who is registered blind.

Dana, a retired accessed the service so that she could read the Fifty Shades of Grey books, which she said didn’t teach her anything new. The trilogy at the time was among the service’s more popular titles.

To find out more visit www.calibre.org.uk