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Waterloo Wonderland

1 October 2013

Read for RNIB Day hosts Wonderland at WaterlooTo help celebrate this year’s Read for RNIB, hundreds of people will join us at London Waterloo train station on Friday 11 October from 6am to 11pm to help give literary classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a curiouser and curiouser twist. Sections of the story will be narrated throughout the day to create a unique audio book.

We are inviting people of all ages and backgrounds to visit a specially designed ‘Wonderland’ at the train station where you can record a passage from the book in a mass storytelling event.

If you’re not able to make it to Waterloo on the day, don’t worry – you can still take part! We have all the details available on our website for how you can help us create a new talking book from the comfort of your own home.

The finished ‘talking book’ will then be available for customers of 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 seven per cent of all books are fully accessible. Read for RNIB aims to raise money to make more books accessible.

National Library Service

RNIB issues around 5,000 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 we are 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.

How to get involved

There is still time to organise or take part in your own Read for RNIB event, register today to receive your free Alice in Wonderland themed fundraising pack.

You can also stay up to date with the latest Read for RNIB news by following us on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #ReadForRNIB.

Illustration from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” © Helen Oxenbury, courtesy of Walker Books Ltd.

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