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School children meet award-winning author

20 May 2013

Bali Rai is supporting Read for RNIB DayMore than 120 school children from the Cotswolds attended an exclusive event where they listened to a talk by best-selling children’s author Bali Rai.

The event, which took place on Wednesday 1 May, was hosted by the Read for RNIB Day team as part of the Chipping Campden Literature Festival.

About the event

Year six pupils heard Bali, whose books include “(Un)Arranged Marriage” and “The Crew”, talk about where he gets inspiration for his stories and characters in his books. The ten and eleven year olds also learnt out about the different ways that blind and partially sighted people read books¬†such as through braille, giant print and audio.

For older literature fans, Stratford-born Joanna Trollope OBE, who will launch a much-anticipated contemporary reworking of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” later this year, presented a talk about innovative ways of bringing Austen to a modern audience.

The events were part of RNIB’s Read for RNIB Day¬†campaign which will take place on 11 October.

Celebrity support for Read for RNIB Day

We spend a lot of time, rightly, worrying about saving lives, but the thing RNIB does is save people’s sanity as being able to read really does stop people being going round the bend. That is why I am supporting Read for RNIB Day. It should be automatic that as soon as a book is published, it is made available to blind or partially sighted people.”- Joanna Trollope.

I’m delighted to be taking part in Read for RNIB Day. Access to books is a right to which everyone, sighted, blind or partially sighted, should be entitled. To have the opportunity to highlight the great work done by RNIB in this regard is a great honour. Books are fundamental to a rich and interesting existence and they make my world a better a place. The opportunity to pass on my love of them is too good to miss.”- Bail Rai.

Register for Read for RNIB Day today

Join Joanna and Bali and register today for Read for RNIB Day.

If you have any questions please contact us by emailing fundraising@rnib.org.uk or calling 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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