Writers Voice Their Own Stories for Book Week Scotland
Scottish Book Trust partner with Royal National Institute of Blind People
Every year for Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust releases a book of selected stories submitted by the public. Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, works with Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to make accessible versions of the book. For 2017, the writers of the stories – based on the theme of Nourish – have been given the chance to record the stories in their own voices.
Many of the authors recorded the stories themselves at home, but others visited the RNIB studios in Glasgow to contribute to the audiobook. During this time, they also learned about the work that RNIB Scotland do for the blind and partially sighted people of Scotland and the UK as a whole.
Over thirty stories have been collected in the Nourish audiobook. As well as members of the public, contributors include published authors Mary Contini, bestselling author of Italian Life and Cooking, and Dave Myers of The Hairy Bikers. Liz Niven, writer and poet, is also included in the collection. The audiobook will be downloadable for Book Week Scotland, which runs from 27 November to 3 December. There will also be an e-version available from library lending services.
RNIB have been producing audio books for 82 years, the first of which were recorded on wax disc and sent out to listeners in a box containing brittle shellac long-playing records. Blind people had access to LP's for about a decade before they were adapted by the recording industry. The service is completely free to blind and partially sighted people, and now the books are available on CD, USB and as a digital download via RNIB Overdrive.
There are over 170,000 people in Scotland alone with a significant sight problem and over two million across the UK. Often for them, reading is an absolute lifeline: a way of combating isolation and keeping in touch with the outside world.
Book Week Scotland, a countrywide celebration of books and reading, is run by Scottish Book Trust. It was initiated by the Scottish Government and is supported by funds from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding, and event funding from Scottish Library and Information Council.
Robert Kirkwood, RNIB Radio Producer, said: “RNIB are delighted to be working with Scottish Book Trust on this project, bringing a joy of reading to everyone, regardless of their sight condition.”
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “It’s always a delight to work with RNIB, and this year we are thrilled that writers were able to record their own stories for Book Week Scotland. It’s vitally important that our resources are accessible to all, and we are grateful to the RNIB team for making the Nourish audiobook possible.”
Notes to Editors
For more information or images please contact Keara Donnachie on Keara.Donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0184.
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure though programmes and outreach work that include:
- Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
- Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
- Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
- Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK’s leading charity supporting blind and partially sighted people. RNIB offer practical and emotional support to those that need it, so they can continue living life to the full. Twice nominated for the UK's Library of the Year, RNIB’s Talking Books library currently contains over 22,000 titles. Across the UK, it has a readership of over 40,000 and last year, it issued 1.53 million books.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland.