Book lovers across the UK are being encouraged to take part in an exclusive Reading Group Challenge to raise money to make books more accessible for people with sight loss. The challenge includes a selection of books which all feature blind or partially sighted characters.
The Reading Group Challenge has been developed as part of Read for RNIB. Best-selling authors including Sue Townsend, Jeanette Winterson and Marcus Sedgwick are all supporting the campaign to make books more accessible for people with sight loss.
How to take part
The challenge can be completed by existing reading groups or people who just want to get together with their friends and do something a bit different. Participants will receive exclusive reading group questions from the author of their chosen book, and will be asked to make a small donation to Read for RNIB in return.
Blind and partially sighted people face a significantly limited choice of books compared to sighted people; just seven per cent of all books are fully accessible.
Read for RNIB takes place on Friday 11 October, but the Reading Group Challenge can be started at any time. The books in the challenge are available in a range of accessible formats so that sighted, partially sighted and blind people can take part.
The Challenge was launched by author Marcus Sedgwick whose new novel “She Is Not Invisible” is one of six books on the list. The book’s main character, teenager Laureth, is blind and Marcus developed her character by doing research with blind and partially sighted students at New College Worcester, a specialist residential school.
Can you imagine what it would be like to never be able to read your favourite book again, or enjoy the latest bestseller, just because you cannot see?
For me, it was really important to make sure “She Is Not Invisible” would be available in fully accessible versions at the same time as the printed edition, so that everyone can read it at the same time. I’m delighted that it’s been chosen for the Read for RNIB Reading Group Challenge and hope that lots of people will take part and help raise money for this very important cause.”
The books which have been chosen for the Read for RNIB Reading Group Challenge are;
- “Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction” by Sue Townsend (Penguin)
- “Lighthouse Keeping” by Jeanette Winterson (Harper Perennial)
- “Star Gazing” by Linda Gillard (Piatkus)
- “She is Not Invisible” by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
- “Girl Stolen” by April Henry (Walker)
- “Mole Sunrise” by Jeanne Wills (Walker)